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St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer


St. Mary Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Valla, BSN, RN, NEA-BC as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) effective April 9. Nancy will be responsible for overseeing all nursing operations.

With over a decade of executive management experience and 30 years in the health care field, Nancy brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to St. Mary. Most recently, she served as CNO of American Hospital Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, successfully developing and implementing nursing and clinical operations strategies for the 300-bed facility. Prior to joining American Hospital Dubai, Nancy served as Executive Director of Service Lines at Hawaiian-based The Queen’s Health Systems, and held the role of Vice President of Operations at Cigna Corporation in Arizona.

After completing her nursing education and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nancy went on to complete a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development. She is currently in the process of completing a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology. Nancy is also a Six Sigma Green Belt and is board-certified in computer informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

About Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center

 Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center is a 389-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in Long Beach, California.   The hospital offers a full complement of services, including a Level II trauma center, cardiac and vascular center, surgical weight loss, maternity and the CARE Center, which is a recognized PrEP center of excellence.  The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems. 

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