Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center Announces Appointment of Erin Keefe as Chief Nursing Executive Officer



SAN BERNARDINO, CA ― Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Keefe, RN, CENP, as Chief Nursing Executive Officer (CNEO) effective October 5. In her new role as CNEO, Erin leads a team of more than 1,100 nurses and is responsible for the overall strategy, operations, and budget for nursing and clinical operations, with a focus on quality and patient experience.

“During this difficult time of the pandemic, nursing leadership is critical to our commitment of providing high-quality compassionate care,” states Doug Kleam, SBMC Hospital President. “I’m pleased to have Erin join our team and with her experience in leadership roles, I am confident she will help us achieve our goals as we continue to care for our San Bernardino community.”

Prior to joining the SBMC team, Erin held several senior nursing leadership positions, most recently as Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles.

“I am honored to join St. Bernardine Medical Center,” says Erin Keefe, RN. “It’s my privilege to serve patients and families in their most difficult moments and I’m excited to share my passion for nursing with the amazing team at St. Bernardine and contribute to the important work of caring for our patients.”

Erin’s nursing experience includes ICU, trauma, neurology, and perioperative services with more than 14 years of nursing leadership roles. She holds a doctorate in education and a masters’ degree in nursing education from Walden University in Minneapolis. Erin is also Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).

About Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center

Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1931 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) is a 342-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in San Bernardino, California. The hospital offers a full complement of services and it shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the largest health care systems. SBMC has been recognized by American Stroke Association - “Get With the Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and for Orthopedic Surgery for 5 years in a row, named among the top 5 percent in the country for General Surgery and Orthopedic Services, a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 years in a row, and earned Blue Distinction for Maternity Care, Gastric Band, Cardiac Care, and Knee and Hip Replacement from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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