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Cleveland Clinic Appoints K Kelly Hancock as Executive Chief Nursing Officer

Nursing Executive with More Than 20 Years of Experience to Lead Cleveland Clinic’s 11,000 Nurses

September 4, 2012

K. Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been appointed Executive Chief Nursing Officer for the Cleveland Clinic health system. Hancock, a 19-year Cleveland Clinic veteran, brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the position.

As Executive Chief Nursing Officer, Hancock will lead the 11,000 nurses who are part of Cleveland Clinic’s Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, overseeing nursing practice, development and education in inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation and home care fields.

“Kelly’s proven leadership abilities provide invaluable knowledge and experience that will continue to establish Cleveland Clinic as one of the top nursing organizations in the country,” said Joseph Hahn, MD, Chief of Staff. “She is a serving leader who exerts the traits needed both as a leader and a nurse – dedication, compassion, strength, empathy and determination.”

Hancock, who was appointed Interim Executive Chief Nursing Officer in April 2012, and has served the past several years as Chief Nursing Officer of Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, will continue her Chief Nursing Officer responsibilities in her new role. A well-respected leader throughout the health system, Hancock has also served as Senior Nursing Director of Critical Care and Nursing Director of the renowned Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute.

Hancock is a board-certified nurse executive and a member of several prominent national nursing and leadership organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AHF).

“I am honored to have the opportunity to strategically lead Cleveland Clinic’s talented nursing team,” Hancock said. “Nurses fulfill an imperative role in our health system, caring for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a privilege to guide and support this team in an environment that allows them to grow, learn and practice to the best of their ability.”

Throughout her career, Hancock has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award from AACN. She is a two-time recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Abbie Porter Leadership Award, and this past May, was honored with an endowment in her name by Samuel and Maria Miller for the annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Excellence Awards. Hancock earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in nursing from Ursuline College.

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence

The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, 950 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status, the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Cleveland Clinic main campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Nursing Institute at

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients
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