For Immediate Release March 28, 2016

lisa rowen

BALTIMORE – Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN, has been named System Chief Nurse Executive for the University of Maryland Medical System. As System Chief Nurse Executive, Dr. Rowen will add a senior nursing voice at the system level for strategic planning, nursing workforce development and continuous clinical improvement initiatives.

Since 2007, Dr. Rowen has served as Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and in 2015 was also appointed as CNO for the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus. Dr. Rowen has oversight for more than 5,000 nurses, advanced practice nurses and other health professionals; she will continue in these roles while dedicating a portion of her time and effort to this new System role.

"Nursing is a key to our continued success, and Lisa will provide input and leadership for patient care issues to ensure integration of services and alignment with the System's strategic goals and objectives," said Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. "She will also support the already existing strong clinical practice environment at each of our hospitals. We will continue to be patient-centered, with excellent clinical quality and patient safety at the forefront, while also promoting education and research across the System, and ensuring practice at the highest scope of licensure."

Dr. Rowen is a member of the UMMS Board of Directors and serves as the System Chair of the UMMS Chief Nursing Officer Council, which is composed of the UMMS hospital CNOs and provides the vision for nursing across the Medical System.

Under Dr. Rowen's leadership, UMMC was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2009 and was re-credentialed in 2014.  Only approximately five percent of all hospitals across the United States have achieved this prestigious designation, which recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for nursing care.

"Lisa is a strong champion and advocate for nurses," Chrencik said. "Her passion for patients, leadership abilities and dedication to nursing research and education are demonstrated daily."

An Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Dr. Rowen has formulated innovative relationships with the SON to advance education and training of nurses from beginning of the career through advanced nursing practices.

She also holds faculty appointments at University of Virginia, the Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University. Dr. Rowen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Delaware, a Master of Science degree at the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Nursing Science degree at Johns Hopkins University. Among her professional affiliations, Dr. Rowen is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the Maryland Nurses Association.

About University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) currently includes 12 health systems and hospitals across Maryland including the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute; University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System, as well as the freestanding University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. UMMS also operates Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a joint venture with Johns Hopkins and also operates University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.