Mary Beth Thoburn, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing officer for Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. A tenured nurse veteran, Thoburn has spent nearly 40 years in the nursing profession, including more than two decades in nursing leadership positions. Throughout her esteemed career, she has become a distinguished expert in areas such as hospital/nursing operations, budget management, performance improvement, clinical research, new clinical program implementation, service expansion, and hospital/nursing unit construction. She is also extremely well versed in the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition® program and has a very thorough, comprehensive understanding of healthcare’s complex regulatory environment.
Thoburn began her nursing career in 1979 as a staff nurse at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Thoburn worked her way up the leadership ladder, and in 2006, following 5 years as director for University Hospital’s Pediatric Center for Drug Research, she joined Cleveland Clinic health system. Thoburn is a board certified nurse executive-advanced and a member of numerous regional and national nursing associations and organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Ohio Association of Nurse Executives, and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
- Executive M.B.A. in Healthcare, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 1999
- B.S.N., University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1985
- Diploma, St. Vincent Charity School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, 1979
- Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
18101 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
A compassionate, influential and energetic leader, Thoburn has spent 25 years in nursing leadership positions across diverse practice settings. She began her leadership path as a nurse manager in pediatric critical care, followed by several nurse director positions in areas such as clinical research, adult critical care, emergency services and acute care. She is known for her exceptional leadership in building high functioning, high performing nursing teams; developing new leaders; facilitating change to improve performance; efficiently and effectively expanding care services; and, creating care environments in which interdisciplinary teams thrive. Thoburn is also a Tier I employee engagement leader within Cleveland Clinic health system.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
Thoburn is an advanced board certified nurse executive (NEA-BC) whose clinical expertise lies in the area of pediatric critical care, as well as adult critical-care nursing, emergency services and acute-care nursing.
For years, Thoburn has served as a mentor and educator to nurses and healthcare teams across various disciplines. An expert in leader training and education, she has spent much of her career coaching and developing up-and-coming healthcare leaders.
- Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives
- Member, Ohio Association of Nurse Executives
- Member, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
- Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
- Past Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine
- Past Member, Healthcare Executives Association of Northern Ohio
- Past Board Member, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Research & Publications
Thoburn’s works are often shared at nursing and healthcare conferences regionally and nationally. Some of her latest presentations, which cover topics like reducing combat care in nursing, and addressing violence and victim advocacy in healthcare, were front-and-center at recent annual American Organization of Nurse Executives and Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives conferences, as well as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s annual National Patient Safety Congress.
Honors & Awards
- Nursing Excellence Leadership Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2016