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St. Joseph Mercy Livingston names new chief nursing officer

Sharon Blanche was recently appointed by St. Joseph Mercy Livingston as the hospital’s new chief nursing officer.  In her role, Blanche will oversee quality and safety standards and all nursing functions across St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center.

She will report to Joyce Young, RN, PhD, regional chief nursing officer at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and John O’Malley, president of St Joseph Mercy Livingston.

Blanche arrived to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in March 2016 to serve as the hospital’s interim executive director.

“In a very short amount of time, Sharon has become a trusted leader within our hospital and a go-to resource for both staff and physicians,” said O’Malley.  “I am confident that she will guide and engage the nursing staff as we continue to provide high quality health care across Livingston County.”

Her 40 years of health care experience at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa spans a background in Critical Care Nursing to serving in various operational leadership roles. She served for several years as executive director of the Mercy Heart Center, and more recently as administrative director of special projects, in which she worked closely with senior leadership and medical staff to develop and implement strategic initiatives and programs
Blanche holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing from Morningside College and a master’s degree in administrative studies from the University of South Dakota.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 16,200 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

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