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Magnet Program Chief Tapped as New ANCC Executive Director

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors announced Linda Lewis, MSA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, will be the next ANCC Executive Director.

Lewis currently is the director of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.

In her time as the leader of this internationally acclaimed program, Lewis has realized a number of milestones, according to ANCC, including overseeing the transition to the 2014 Magnet Application Manual, undertaking a nationwide listening tour and announcing the 400th Magnet-designated hospital.

In her new role, Lewis will oversee ANCC's full portfolio of credentialing programs, including accreditation of continuing nursing education programs, certification of individual nurses, and the Pathway to Excellence program, in addition to continuing to lead the Magnet program, which is widely held to be the most prestigious peer-reviewed recognition in the industry.

"[Lewis'] transformational leadership approaches, outstanding customer focus, and innovative style have served the Magnet Recognition Program well. We are so pleased that all of ANCC's credentialing programs will now have the benefit of her wide-ranging expertise and experience," says ANCC President, Michael Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "She is the ideal person to lead the organization to meet-and exceed-the complex demands of the changing healthcare environment."

Prior to joining ANCC, Lewis served as the chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing for the Magnet-recognized Forsyth Medical Center, the flagship facility of Novant Health in Winston-Salem, NC. She was instrumental in reenergizing shared governance, preparing the organization for its third Magnet re-designation application, transforming the care delivery system, and bringing about overall improvement in quality outcomes and financial stewardship.

Previously, Lewis served as the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at the Magnet-recognized Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. In that role, she provided leadership for the 451-bed acute care facility (with 11 off-site locations) that helped Valley Hospital earn Magnet recognition, Leap Frog's Top 50 Hospital List for Quality, and numerous Joint Commission disease-specific care certifications.

Additionally, Lewis has presented widely throughout her career and has been recognized for her achievements. She is a past recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Organizational Innovation Award, the Organization of Nurse Executives/New Jersey Distinguished Service Award, and the New Jersey League for Nursing President's Award. She was also a Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Program Nurse Executive Fellow.

Lewis graduated from California State University in Bakersfield with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in healthcare administration, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in healthcare leadership.

She will begin her tenure as ANCC executive director on Feb. 17.

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