The Alliance for Excellence Announces New CEO

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The Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing (The Alliance) has announced that Sara (Sally) K. Welsh MSN, RN, NEA-BC has been named its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The Alliance includes the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN ®), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF).  Ms. Welsh received her BSN from Armstrong State College in Savannah, GA and MSN in Administration from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. Sally holds a Nurse Executive, Advanced credential from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Sally is from Savannah, Georgia and will begin her new role with The Alliance organizations on June 4, 2012.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a dynamic and influential leader as our new CEO,” said Susan Cox, RN MSN CHPN®, Chair of the Search Committee for The Alliance. “Ms. Welsh’s professional commitment is beyond measure and, along with her extensive experience within the nursing field, will help lead each organization into a tremendously successful future.”

Sally Welsh brings deep experiences in health care administration and executive leadership in a variety of settings, including hospice and home care and hospital-based clinical oncology.  Prior to accepting her new role as the Alliance CEO, she served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for THA Group, Inc. in Savannah, GA with responsibility for the clinical operations of the home care, hospice and palliative care program providing services in six locations in Georgia and South Carolina with an average daily census of 500 – 550.

Additionally, she previous served as Executive Director of Clinical Oncology at the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, Inc.  During her tenure, she held the positions of Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Chief Nursing Officer / Vice President, where she assisted in the development of a pharmacy assistance program, expanded palliative care services, and implemented a Nursing Professional Practice Model and a Nursing Research Program. She was also involved with developing a Nursing Center of Excellence, a Nursing Excellence Philanthropy Fund, and a Nursing Strategic Plan.  She also assisted in the design and opening of the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute.

Sally’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, fiscal management of operational and capital budgets, program development, regulatory and accreditation compliance, clinical research, grant procurement, and education.  She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Nurses Association and is the Chapter President for the Southeast Atlantic HPNA Chapter.

“Today’s announcement serves to celebrate each organization’s past success and will usher in a new generation of leadership for The Alliance for Excellence”, said Susan Cox, RN MSN CHPN®.  Please join us in welcoming Sally Welsh as she takes the helm of HPNA, NBCHPN®, and HPNF. You can expect to receive more information regarding the hiring of CEO Sally Welsh in weeks ahead. Thank you for your continued support of The Alliance.

About The Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing

The mission of the Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing is to be the unified voice of professional membership, certification, research and education to advance quality palliative care for the benefit of the public at large. The Alliance includes the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN ®), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF).  To learn more, visit The Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing at www.TheAllianceForExcellence.org or call 412.787.9301.

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