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Chief Caring Officer

Landers receives promotion to VP of patient care

Kim Landers is the new vice president of patient care services and chief nursing executive at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers following the retirement of Carol Havel in January.

A resident of Norway Ill., and native of Ottawa, Ill., Landers joined Morris Hospital in 2011 as assistant vice president of patient care services.

The temporary position was created as part of the organization’s succession plan in preparation for Havel’s retirement.

In her new role as vice president, Landers is responsible for more than 400 employees in the patient care division at Morris Hospital, including medical/surgical nursing, family birthing suites, emergency and trauma services, surgery, ambulatory care, post anesthesia care, GI lab, critical care, cardiovascular services, education, respiratory care, nursing administration, hospitalist program, quality, case management, and social service.

During her short time with Morris Hospital, she has played an instrumental role in launching computerized physician order entry, outlining quality measures improvement, advancing the clinical documentation compliance program, and leading a redesign of the case management model.

Landers came to Morris Hospital with more than 20 years experience in hospital nursing, including 17 years in management and senior leadership positions.

Early in her career, she was a staff nurse. She worked at Northwestern Memorial and Provena Mercy Center in management roles and was Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital for over 10 years.

A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, Landers received a master of science in nursing administration from DePaul University in Chicago. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nursing executive advanced. Landers serves on the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders Board of Directors and trained through the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management for Healthcare Executives program in 2006.

She has presented a lecture at the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses Conference in San Antonio.

As a staff nurse, Landers says her interests were medical, surgical, pediatric and oncology nursing. She still maintains her medical-surgical nurse certification.

“Today, nursing administration and the management of patient care operations are my nursing specialty, and that’s what I love to do,” she says.

Serving patients in 18 communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as the Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Mar-seilles, Minooka, Morris and Newark Healthcare Centers.

Through the services of over 1,600 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a dedicated pediatric unit, and immediate care services at two locations.

Morris Hospital is a Level II trauma center and a Level II perinatal care provider with an intermediate care nursery. Founded in 1906, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is one of the largest employers in Grundy County.

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