For Immediate Release June 17, 2020

Vanetta V. James Chief Nursing Officer

Dr. Vanzetta V. James

Chief Nursing Officer

Contact: Jania Matthews, (office) 301-618-2139, (cell) 240-603-5007

CHEVERLY, MD (June 11, 2020) – Vanzetta V. James, DNP, MS, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC will join UM Capital Region Health as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, effective July 13. Dr. James will have oversight of all nursing practices for inpatient, ambulatory, perioperative and procedural services, as well as behavioral health, patient engagement and case management.

Most recently, Dr. James served as the Director of Acute Care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA, where she was accountable for seven medical-surgical units and led efforts to improve patient flow throughout the medical surgical services. In this role, she has been responsible for planning, executing, and leading strategic initiatives across the health system as wells as developing and operationalizing nursing strategic goals.

"I am elated to serve in this capacity," says Dr. James. "Returning to Maryland is like returning home and I am looking forward to leading UM Capital's nursing practice and making a positive difference in the care we provide our community.

Bringing more than 20 years' experience in the nursing field and more than 10 years in leadership positions, Dr. James is returning to Maryland, where her nursing career began. She's no stranger to the University of Maryland Medical System as she'd been employed with the System for nearly 20 years of her career.

"Dr. James will be a valuable addition to our team," says Nathaniel Richardson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "Her keen sense of nursing operations, track record for improving efficiencies and passion for patient care are traits that will make UM Capital stronger."

Dr. James earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Delaware and her master of business administration from University of Baltimore; and health sciences leadership and management from University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received her doctor of nursing practice, leadership from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

In addition, she is a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses; National Scholars Honor Society; American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau, an organization committed to advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

About University of Maryland Capital Region Health

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George's County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon formal affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and is committed to making a positive impact on the health and well-being of patients and families. University of Maryland Capital Region Health operates the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, University of Maryland Bowie Health Campus, and the University of Maryland Family Health & Wellness Center in Suitland. Together, community physicians and University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) faculty provide clinical expertise across a range of specialties and programs including: acute rehabilitation; anesthesiology; critical and chronic ventilation care; emergency medicine; neonatology (including the County's highest level neonatal intensive care unit); orthopedics; vascular surgery; a certified and designated primary stroke center; and the State's second-busiest trauma center. University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty also lead the highly-regarded cardiac surgery program at UM Prince George's Hospital Center. A new state-of-the-art regional medical center is expected to open in Largo in 2021. For more information, visit