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As Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Laura Wood has accountability for professional practice leadership for nursing and patient care services spanning approximately 3,000 staff nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and interprofessional clinical team members including support of the disciplines of pharmacy, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition services, child life, family services, case management and others throughout all inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory settings. She also contributes leadership to key organizational priorities including employee and patient safety, the health of the work environment, patient care quality and regulatory readiness, child and family experience, operations effectiveness in association with lean improvement initiatives, and employee engagement all directed toward the improvement of child health and healthcare via the Quadruple Aim.
Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wood held progressive nursing and operational leadership roles within three leading academic health care settings: The Johns Hopkins Children's Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The University of Pennsylvania Health System serving in pediatric nursing, educational and operations improvement roles. Additionally, she served as Vice President, Siemens Healthcare (now Cerner Corporation) where she led IT-enabled performance improvement, professional services, and clinical IT business development throughout the U.S.
Dr. Wood received a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University School of Nursing, a Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. In 2012, she was named a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow as part of a selective three-year national executive leadership program. She serves as a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, as Principal Investigator for the Sporing Carpenter Chair in Nursing, and participates on numerous national boards and committees including National Co-Chair, AMIA Public Policy Committee, Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG) and as an appointed member to the Johns Hopkins University Nursing Advisory Board.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”