Beverly Jordan, RN, MSN

Beverly Jordan, RN, MSN, Vice-President and Chief Nursing Executive of Nursing for the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee is responsible for corporate oversight for nursing and patient safety. BMHCC, one of the largest and most prestigious integrated delivery systems in the country, is composed of fifteen hospitals, a number of home health companies, and ambulatory care facilities.  Baptist serves the diverse patient care needs throughout the Mid-South with over 87,000 discharges, 715,000 outpatient registrations, 306,000 ER visits and 131,000 home health visits on an annual basis system wide. Strategic initiatives include development of a comprehensive patient safety program, building a competent workforce of nursing professionals under the leadership of effective and influential nursing leaders, development and implementation of best nursing practice models, and establishing relationships/partnerships with key operational leaders, members of the medical staff and an array of community interest groups.

Ms. Jordan chairs the BMHCC Clinical Excellence Committee and the System Clinical Services Committee. She is a member of the BMHCC Board of Directors Quality Committee. She is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, resides on the advisory boards for both the Baptist College of Health Sciences and the University of Memphis School of Nursing, and has been extremely involved in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) through her active participation on  the 100,000 Lives Campaign and the 5 Million Lives Campaign, national initiatives to engage U.S. hospitals in a commitment to implement changes in care proven to improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths.  She also participates in the VHA Large System CNO Network.  In 2006, She was awarded the Nurse of Distinction Executive Award by the Tennessee Hospital Association. In 2004, Ms. Jordan was selected as the Executive Champion to head the BMHCC Clinical Information System project known as Baptist CD.    This aggressive four-year project in progress is being instituted in 10 of the hospitals throughout the Baptist system and is one of the most expansive organizational initiatives ever implemented.