Valarie McPherson was named the chief nursing officer for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center in Glen Ridge.
McPherson joins the 130-year-old institution from Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills in Los Angeles where she served as chief nursing executive, responsible for the strategic leadership of all nursing and patient care functions.
According to her Aug. 17 hiring announcement, McPherson is credited with reducing patient length of stay, improving throughput metrics for admission from the Emergency Department and discharge times, decreasing hospital acquired infections, and developing a nursing strategic plan, as well as a shared governance and professional practice model.
Her 20-plus years of experience in hospitals include leadership positions in several California hospitals and in the Tenet Health system.
“We are looking forward to having Val join our executive leadership team,” said Mountainside Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Tim O’Brien in a prepared statement. “Her knowledge and expertise, paired with her data-driven leadership, will support Mountainside’s vision to be the highest quality hospital of choice for our community.”