INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Agnes Therady, RN, MBA, has been appointed vice president and chief nursing officer for Franciscan Health Central Indiana.
She oversees all nursing-related operations at Franciscan Health and leads a corps of nearly 1,500 nurses at hospital campuses in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel. She succeeds Susan McRoberts, who retired in December 2017.
Therady most recently served as system chief nursing officer for Cook County Health and Hospitals (CCHHS) in Chicago, the third largest public academic health system in the United States. She led efforts to redesign hospital-based nursing staffing models, organized a structured training and development program for correctional health nurses and a nursing leadership academy for the nursing management team at CCHHS.
She also coordinated an executive and physician unit sponsorship program to increase patient satisfaction and employee engagement at Stroger Hospital. Additionally, she initiated the magnet recognition program at the health system and coordinated a successful nurse-led initiative to reduce patient discharge times.
Prior to her work with Cook County, Therady was associate director of patient care services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Lexington, Kentucky, and was associate chief nursing officer for Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago. During those assignments, she organized the first-ever veterans and family council, implemented a prevention program for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and coordinated a cultural transformation program for patient-centered care for veterans,
Board-certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, she has worked at several other medical institutions in Chicagoland and New York throughout her career.
Therady received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India, and earned a master's degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. She currently is pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree at Benedictine University and is expected to complete that work in 2019.
By Joe Stuteville
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