VAN NUYS, Calif. — Valley Presbyterian Hospital welcomes Lori Burnell,
PhD, MSN, BSN, RN as its new Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer.
Ms. Burnell joins the Valley Presbyterian Hospital from Scripps Mercy Hospital
in San Diego, where she most recently served as Vice President & Chief
Nurse and Operations Executive. In that role, she was responsible for
overseeing several patient care services at two campuses, including nursing,
pharmacy, cardiology, case management, laboratory and emergency services.
Previously, Ms. Burnell held several clinical leadership positions at
Scripps Mercy Hospital, Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., and Mission
Hospital in Mission Viejo.
"Ms. Burnell's vast hospital experience and clinical expertise
will enhance patient care and provide strong support for our nursing staff,"
said Gustavo Valdespino, President & Chief Executive Officer. "We
are pleased to welcome her to the team at Valley Presbyterian Hospital."
In her new role, Ms. Burnell will work with hospital leadership to achieve
the hospital's nursing goals, evaluate and implement new patient care
practices, and mentor nursing directors and staff to foster leadership
"I am deeply honored to lead our nursing team in providing our patients
with the best quality care and service at the bedside," Ms. Burnell
said. "Valley Presbyterian Hospital has a proud legacy of serving
the critical and emerging health care needs of the San Fernando Valley
since 1958. It is my privilege to continue the mission of nursing excellence
and to provide quality care to our community through caring, effective
communication and best practices."
Ms. Burnell received a doctorate of philosophy in nursing from the University
of San Diego, a master of science degree in nursing from California State
University, Long Beach and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from
California State University, Fullerton. She has published several nursing
articles and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American
Organization of Nurse Executives. Ms. Burnell also is an adjunct clinical
professor at the San Diego State University School of Nursing, College
of Health and Human Services.
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.