Nursing Leaders

Meet Our Nursing Leaders

  • Linda Lewis, MSA, BSN , RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Pam Adams, RN, MSN, Clinical Manager of Clinical Education and Practice
  • Lisa Aldridge, RN, ASN, Patient Care Director
  • Mary Allen, RN, MSN, AOCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Oncology Unit
  • Jean Balaguras, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CSC, Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Linda Bellamy, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager Outpatient Surgical Services, CAPA
  • Kim Deckard, MSN, CMSRN, CNML, Clinical Director
  • Kirstin Edwards, RN, CEN, Patient Care Director
  • Vickie Franck, MHA, BSN, RN, Executive Director of Cardiovascular, Radiology, and Allied Health Services
  • Vince Holly, BA, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Jason King, BSN, RN, Clinical Director Cancer Services Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Dena Klineline, RN, BSN, Clinical Director Endoscopy/Short Stay Unit/Radiology Nursing
  • Cynthia Herrington, RN, MSN, NE-BC, FNP, OCN, Program Director, Risk Management
  • Kitra L. Ludlow, RN, MSN, Clinical Director of the Orthopedic/Neurological and Acute Rehab Units
  • Joel Nichols, RN, BSN, PCCN, Patient Care Director
  • Vicki Phelps, BSN, CEN, Clinical Director for Critical Care and Central Telemetry
  • LeAnna Porfidio, MSN/ED, RN, CRNI, Clinical Director Ortho/Neuro and Acute Rehab Unit
  • Deanna L. Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, Research Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Margarita Reliford, MSN, CCRN, RN, Clinical Director Medical Surgical/Dialysis Unit/Wound Center
  • Michele Ridge, RN, MSN, Administrative Director, Medical Surgical & Critical Care Nursing
  • Judy Roberts, RNC, MSN, Clinical Director of Labor & Delivery, OB/OR and Mother-Baby
  • Betty Sturgeon, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Angela Tritle, RN BSN Clinical Director for Medical Surgical Units 3N and 3S
  • Sandy Wallace, RN, BSN, Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Recovery and Receiving and Recovery
  • Dana Watters, RNC, MSN- Executive Director for the Regional Center for Women and Children

Linda Lewis, MSA, BSN , RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer

Linda Lewis has been with IU Health Bloomington Hospital since 2017. In her current role, she is responsible for organizing, planning and directing the activities of inpatient and outpatient care, including: nursing operations, clinical education and the service lines of oncology, cardiovascular, emergency services and behavioral health.

A highly-regarded leader in the healthcare industry, Lewis has served as Executive Vice President for the American Nurses Association/American Nurses Credentialing Center as well as Director of the Magnet Recognition Program. She has also served as CNO of Novant Health System in Winston-Salem, N.C., Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. and Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. Lewis received her BSN and MS in Healthcare Administration from California State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. from the University of Texas.   


Pamela Adams RN, MSN, Clinical Manager of Clinical Education and Practice

Pam has been a nurse for over 23 years. She obtained her BSN from Indiana University and her MSN in Nursing Administration from Ball State. She is currently planning on pursuing her DNP from University of Southern Indiana. Pam started as a staff nurse at Bloomington Hospital over 15 years ago; she has worked as a Charge Nurse, Pacemaker Nurse, Patient Care Director, and Med/Surg Clinical Director. She transitioned to Clinical Manager of Clinical Education and Practice in March 2011.

Pam is involved in many committees in the hospital, including the Patient Safety Committee, Patient Care Committee, and the Education Council. Pam is the chair of the Code Blue Committee, and serves as an educational liaison for many other committees.

Pam says her favorite part of nursing is helping people at some of their most vulnerable states. From the educational side, Pam enjoys assisting staff and students “connect the dots” to the complex care provided to patients daily. Pam wants the community to know that Indiana University Health Bloomington is an award-winning, technologically-advanced hospital dedicated to providing preeminent care. She also wants the community to know that our hospital is committed to the professional development of its staff, stating, “Indiana University Health Bloomington paid for my MSN and now is willing to pay for my DNP.”


Lisa Aldridge, RN, ASN, Patient Care Director

Lisa started her nursing career 27 years ago with an ASN degree from Purdue University.  She started at Bloomington Hospital in 1987 and obtained her BS from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1990. 

Since 1995, Lisa has been a Patient Care Director and has had stints working in Critical Care, Case Management, as a CVR Nurse Educator and PACU. 

Lisa enjoys working on committees, but what she says she likes most about nursing is: "I truly love helping people, especially those in need. I also love helping other nurses feel good about themselves and the care they provide."

When asked what she liked about Bloomington Hospital: "I have a strong caring and protective passion for Bloomington Hospital. I am proud of the high quality and innovative care that we provide. I am also very proud of our excellent nurses, doctors and ancillary staff."


Mary Allen, RN, MSN, AOCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Oncology Unit

Mary Allen has spent most of her nine years in nursing at Bloomington Hospital, where she started as a staff nurse in Oncology.  Mary fulfilled her education at Indiana University where she obtained her BSN and continued on to receive her MSN in 2003.  She continues her affiliation with IU as a Clinical Instructor. 

Mary is very involved in various organizations in the community, including the Oncology Nursing Society, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau (Alpha Chapter) and Kappa Kappa Kappa, a philanthropic sorority.  She is also involved in several internal councils, including the Practice Council, Nursing Pharmacy Committee, and the Model of Care Committee.

Mary wants the community to know that the patients and staff are what make Bloomington Hospital a great place to work and a great place to learn!


Jean Balaguras, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CSC, Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist

Jean began her nursing career in 1995 at IU Health Bloomington in the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit. Jean completed and MSN at Indiana University in 2008 and began practicing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with cardiovascular patients. In her role as a CNS Jean works with patients, nurses and at the system level to ensure that evidence based practice is the utilized to provide patient care. Jean is also the Chest Pain Coordinator and collaborates with our team to maintain IU Health Bloomington’s status as an accredited chest pain center. Jean leads initiatives to prevent hospital acquired infections involving central lines and urinary catheters.

Linda Bellamy, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager Outpatient Surgical Services, CAPA

KIM DECKARD, MSN, CMSRN, CNML, Clinical DIRECTOR

Kim started her career at IU Health Bloomington as a Nurse Tech in 1999. She became an LPN in August of 2000, ASN in 2002. Soon afterwards she became a charge nurse.

Kim accepted the position of part-time night shift Patient Care Director in December 2006 and obtained her BSN from Ball State University in August 2007 and her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration through Ball State University in 2010. She accepted the role as Interim Clinical Director of Progressive Care in November 2009 and in September 2010 was given the full Clinical Director position.

In her current role Kim feels the most gratifying reward is working with the staff and watching their professional growth, as well as their desire to provide the patients with the best care. IU Health Bloomington Hospital is a wonderful place to work and we are striving daily to build upon our excellence. It is a pleasure to work in an organization where everyone has the same goal: to provide assurance to our community that IU Health Bloomington is the right choice for their healthcare needs.

 


KIRSTIN EDWARDS, RN, CEN, PATIENT CARE DIRECTOR

Kirstin has spent her entire 13 year career at Bloomington Hospital.  Aside from her BSN from Indiana University, she has studied Forsensic Nursing at the University of Colorado Beth-El and obtained an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan in February of 2005.

Kirstin started in the ED while in nursing school as a parking attendant and quickly moved through the ranks as a nurse tech, nurse inter, staff RN and CN.  In 2003 she became the ED educator.  And has served as a Patient Care Director since 2005.

Kirstin feels the best thing about nursing is "Everyday nurses are faced with different challenges. There is a constant opportunity to learn and teach new things." 

 


VICKIE FRANCK, MHA, BSN, RN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARDIOVASCULAR, RADIOLOGY, AND ALLIED HEALTH SERVICES

In her role as Executive Director, Vickie Franck manages and leads inpatient and outpatient Cardiovascular, Allied Health and Radiology Services for Indiana University Health Bloomington. Her areas of responsibility include; strategic planning, performance improvement, patient/employee satisfaction, budget preparation and fiscal accountability, human resources management, marketing and regulatory oversight. Vickie works collaboratively to develop strategic vision, design services and programs, recruit and retain clinical staff, monitor clinical outcomes, and define and implement best practices. 

 


VINCE HOLLY, BA, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CRITICAL CARE CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST

Vince “grew up” with Bloomington Hospital, starting as an Orderly, Unit Coordinator and Nurse Tech. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, Vince began his nursing career in the Critical Care Unit. Vince obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and accepted the position of Clinical Nurse Specialist for Clinical Education and Practice in 2006.

Vince is involved in many activities, not only in the hospital but in the community as well. He is the Chair of the Critical Care Practice Council, Co-Chair of the Hospital Practice Council, and Chair of the Organ Donor Council and is a member of various other committees throughout the hospital. Vince is also a certified ACLS, BLS and PALS instructor and is a member of the Civilian Emergency Response Team.

When asked about his favorite part of nursing, Vince said: “I gain great satisfaction knowing that I have made a difference is people’s lives. In my position, I am able to analyze current knowledge in the science of nursing and change nursing practice based on the best evidence. By changing nursing practice, I am able to influence the care of multiple patients. I work closely with individual patients and their loved ones to facilitate healing. I work with the nursing staff to bridge the gap between what is known in the research and what is practiced at the bedside. I work with the organization to improve processes to deliver high quality care.”

Vince says that Critical Care is open to changing practice based on the best evidence. The staff is passionate about the care they provide and compassionate with the patients, families and coworkers. They are knowledgeable regarding critical care nursing and have the skills to enable high quality care. He would like for the community to know that Bloomington Hospital is committed to delivering evidence-based practice in a nurturing and healing environment. The hospital is dedicated to the professional development of its staff. Vince says, “If it wasn’t for Bloomington Hospital, I would not be where I am today.”


Jason King, BSN, RN, Clinical Director Cancer Services Inpatient/Outpatient

Jason King is the Clinical Director of both Inpatient and Outpatient Cancer Services at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Jason has been a nurse for 10 years.

Jason received the Distinguished Alumnus award from Ivy Tech, Bloomington in 2010. He won the Noble King Excellence in Caring Award in 2005 and the Christina Linko-Hendricks Excellence in Caring Award in 2002. King was named as a 2007 Johnloz Nursing Research Fellow. His research was completed in 2009 and has been published in two professional journals.

King earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working on his Master of Science in Nursing through Ball State University Nursing Administration program.


Dena Klineline, RN, BSN, Clinical Director Endoscopy/Short Stay Unit/Radiology Nursing

Dena started her career at Indiana University Health Bloomington in Critical Care as a patient care tech/unit coordinator in 2001. After completing her nursing degree at Ivy Tech she remained in critical care as a staff nurse, and then became a charge nurse soon after.

While working at Indiana University Health Bloomington Dena has won the Janet Seward Dunn award and the Noble King Award. In 2010 Dena was chosen to participate in the inaugural Nursing Leadership Academy. The Nursing Leadership Academy is a nine month internship that allows chosen individuals the opportunity to work with various leaders in the organization. The internship allowed Dena to learn firsthand how leadership functions in the organization. The experience that Dena received during her internship was invaluable and it helped her realize that nursing administration was her calling. In February 2011 her internship paid off and she became a clinical director.

Dena graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with her BSN and is currently attending Indiana Wesleyan University for her MBA/MSN.

Dena is proud to be a nurse and proud to be a part of a team that focuses on safe high quality patient centered care.


CYNTHIA HERRINGTON, RN, MSN, NE-BC, FNP, OCN, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, RISK MANAGEMENT

 


KITRA L. LUDLOW, RN, MSN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF THE ORTHOPEDIC/NEUROLOGICAL AND ACUTE REHAB UNITS

Kitra Ludlow has been a nurse for 13 years and Director of the Ortho/Neuro and Acute Rehab Units for two years. Kitra’s education started at Indiana University in Kokomo; she continued her education to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently studying to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and will graduate in November, 2007.

Kitra has previous nursing experience at HealthSouth Corporation, Howard Regional Health System, and St. Joseph St Vincent’s Hospital. Her duties for these organizations included Nurse Manager, Quality Manager Coordinator, and Charge Nurse.

Kitra’s favorite part of nursing is that it allows you to work with patients and families in times of health and illness. Nurses are there when life begins and when life ends, and every time in between. Being a nurse allows you to develop relationships with patients and families and move past social barriers. Kitra says she can’t imagine a better profession. There is always an opportunity to learn and grow—in nursing, you only limit yourself!

Kitra thinks both of her units are very special, and both provide an opportunity to work with patients at their time of need and to progress with them through the recovery process, sharing their successes and setbacks. Kitra feels fortunate to be director of two units which really compliment each other and provide a great continuum of care for the patients at Bloomington Hospital.

When asked what she would like people to know about Bloomington Hospital, she replied: “Bloomington Hospital is a great place to work and grow as a nurse. We are interested in high-quality, comprehensive patient care and the input of the bedside nurse is very important to the organization.


Joel Nichols, RN, BSN, PCCN, Patient Care Director

Joel is a 2011 Nursing Leadership Academy graduate. He was also selected as the Noble and Louise King, Critical Care Nursing award winner in 2011 for his work on the Progressive Care Unit.

When asked what he likes best about working at IUHBH, Joel said "I cherish my career at IUHBH. A family work environment where the T.E.A.M values we teach are the team values we live. It is a place that allows you to explore your dreams and then helps you reach them. Who could ask for more?"

Joel is currently attending Western Governors University and has an expected graduation date of May 2013 to complete a MSN in Leadership and Management. He praises the IUHBH Senior Leaders and the Bloomington Hospital Foundation for supporting all the working students in the organization.


VICKI PHELPS, BSN, CEN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR FOR CRITICAL CARE AND CENTRAL TELEMETRY

Vicki started at Bloomington hospital 24 years ago as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department. She has worn many hats, including Charge Nurse and Clinical Educator for the Emergency Department. Vicki has been a nurse for 29 years and has been the director for Critical Care and Central Telemetry for the last three years. She obtained her Batchelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University.

Vicki is involved in many extracurricular activities, including American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, and the Indiana State Nurses Association. She is also active in Bloomington Hospital’s United Way Campaign and many other hospital committees.

When asked about her favorite part of nursing, Vicki said, “The opportunity to learn and grow as a nurse; the ability to make life less difficult for another; to be able to witness miracles.” Vicki says that her unit is great because the nurses are able to develop relationships with their patients and families. They provide expert technical care with compassion and caring.

Vicki would like the community to know that Bloomington Hospital provides high quality care with the focus on what is right for the patient and the community. 


LeAnna Porfidio, MSN/ED, RN, CRNI, Clinical Director Ortho/Neuro and Acute Rehab Unit

LeAnna joined the team at IU Health Bloomington in January 2012. Her career spans 38 years with experience in several areas of nursing including: Emergency, Home Health, Medical Surgical , Orthopedic, and Acute Rehab Nursing. She is certified in infusion therapy and has developed and led several IV/PICC teams over the years.

LeAnna obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1998. She completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus in Health Care Education in 2006 from the University of Phoenix.

Most of her nursing career has evolved in Indiana, though she spent the last few years in Washington returning to Indiana to be closer to family.

Deanna L. Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, Research Clinical Nurse Specialist

Deanna began her nursing career as a Medical-Surgical nurse in 1986 in Northwest Indiana. From there, she also was a Critical Care nurse, and an Assistant Director of Nursing. Deanna is full time faculty at Indiana University School of Nursing teaching in the BSN, MSN, and PhD programs. Deanna teaches Medical-Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Research. Deanna received her BSN and PhD degrees from Indiana University, and her MS in Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist from Purdue University. She accepted a position as the Research CNS in 2007.

Deanna has responsibilities for advancing nursing research, more formally in the Johnloz Nursing Research Fellows program, but also informally for anyone who wishes to pursue an evidence-based practice project or nursing research. Her students at IU work with staff nurses on some of those research projects jointly. Deanna is Co-Director of the Magnet Program with Deb Wellman, earning first designation in 2010. More recently, Deanna assumed the Chair position of the Falls Major Improvement Team. She also is a member of IU Health Bloomington Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Deanna’s favorite part of nursing is solving complex patient problems, and working with staff to make a difference in patient care. “Our staff, including me, have grown so much over the past decade on how to approach solving patient problems. Not only do we apply evidence to implement best practices, we are the ones developing those best practices. While it is my primary responsibility to move nursing research, for which I have great passion, it is the journey toward, and attainment of Magnet that has been the highlight of my nursing career. Everyone came together and worked on behalf of the patient to make the patient’s experience better. In the process, we were living and breathing Magnet—and we received the ultimate designation for our high quality care. For that, I am very proud of what we do at IU Health Bloomington.”

Deanna says that her position at the hospital has made her a much better educator of upcoming nurses as well. “In previous years, academia drove care at the bedside, but now, the methodologies in acute care have grown significantly, and academia must work to keep up with the efforts of our direct care nurses. I have grown significantly being able to work with our nurses and learn the complex nature of their current environment so that our next generation of nurses are more prepared.”


Margarita Reliford, MSN, CCRN, RN Clinical Director, Medical Surgical/Dialysis Unit/Wound Center

Margarita began her nursing career as a Medical Surgical Nurse in 1988, later transferred to the Critical Care Unit. While in critical care Margarita was awards the Noble and Louise King Critical Care Nursing Award in 2000 and again 2008. Margarita earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Margarita is committed to excellence in nursing.

MICHELE RIDGE, MSN, RN, NE-BC DIRECTOR OF NURSING OPERATIONS

Michele began her nursing career IN 1989, after receiving her BSN from Purdue University. She has been with Bloomington Hospital since1996. Michele has served in multiple nursing roles within our facility; staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical director and administrative director.

Michele has responsibility for the Emergency Department, Critical Care Services, PCU, Medical Surgical Units, the float pool and the Patient Care Directors. She has served as the co-chair for the CPOE implementation. She serves as the leader for the Nursing Leadership Academy.

When asked about her favorite part of nursing, Michele replied, “The patients. I believe that nursing is the best profession in the world; we share the ‘moments’ of patients’ lives. Some of these moments are happy and some sad, yet we get to connect with people in a very personal way.” Michele thinks her team is exceptional because they exemplify teamwork and collaboration. Everyone understands their role and that is to serve the patients; they accomplish this by working collaboratively as nurses, physicians, and care providers.

When asked what about Bloomington Hospital would you like people to know, Michele said: “We are on a continual journey toward excellence. Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital strives to be better today than we were yesterday. We encourage life-long learning and support those endeavors both practically and financially. We improve because we choose to look at both what we do well and where we need to improve. This is a great environment for nurses to grow personally and professionally!”
 


JUDY ROBERTS, RNC, MSN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF LABOR & DELIVERY, OB/OR AND MOTHER-BABY

Judy has spent most of her 34 years as a nurse at Bloomington Hospital, starting her career as an obstetrics staff nurse, then Charge Nurse, and six years ago, was appointed Clinical Director. Judy obtained her LPN degree through Ivy Tech State College, and went on to obtain her RN from Indiana University and finally her Masters in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Judy serves on the Regional Center for Women & Children’s Practice Council, as well as Bloomington Hospital’s Practice Council. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

When asked about her favorite part of nursing, Judy says she loves the patient interaction. Judy also says that she feels honored that patients allow them to be involved in one of the most important times of their lives. Judy thinks that her unit is great because they give such great family-centered care and that Bloomington Hospital overall has a “super staff and doctors!”

 


BETTY STURGEON, BSN, CCRN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION LAB

Betty has been a nurse since 1976, spending most of that time at Bloomington Hospital. Betty started as a nurse in the Critical Care Unit, then moved to the Cath Lab in 1986 where she was a charge nurse until she assumed the Clinical Directorship in 2005.

Betty started her education at Indiana Technical School, obtaining her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She went on to obtain her Associate of Nursing Science from the University of the State of New York, then her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Indiana Wesleyan University. Betty is currently working on completing her Masters of Nursing Education.

Betty has been awarded many honors, including the Indianapolis Salute to Nursing Award, the Service Excellence Award and the Outstanding Professional Award from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently a member of the Indiana University School of Nursing Advisory Board. She is also Chair of the Acute MI Council, works with the Education Council and is involved with the American Heart Association.

When Betty was asked what her favorite part of nursing was, she replied: “I am a working manager and I love the days I am assisting with procedures. Nurses make a difference in how a patient perceives and gets through difficult procedures.” Betty says the greatest part of her unit is TEAMWORK!! “We all love what we do and know how important the work is. Heart disease is the Number one killer in America.” Betty wants the community to know that Bloomington Hospital is extremely patient focused and caring.


Angela Tritle, RN BSN Clinical Director for Medical Surgical Units 3N and 3S

Angela began hernursing career in 1998 at IU Health Bloomington. She obtained a BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working on an MSN at Ball State University. She has served in many roles at IU Health; Nurse Intern, Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Clinical Educator and Clinical Director.

Angela is currently the Clinical Director for two Medical Surgical Units in the hospital located on the third floor and the Chair of our Safe Patient Handling Program at IU Health Bloomington. She is an active member in the community as an American Heart CPR instructor and volunteers time to the Upward Soccer League as a soccer coach.

"My favorite part of nursing is the patients; I am very blessed to be able to create moments with patients and their families. Nursing is about the relationships we create with our patients, families and our co-workers. I went into healthcare because I was exposed at a young age to the healthcare environment with my mother’s long battle with cancer and I saw first hand how nurses made a difference and I was truly inspired by the powering of nursing."

Sandy Wallace RN, BSN, Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Recovery and Receiving and Recovery

Sandy Wallace has been with IU Health Bloomington Hospital in many roles since 1992. She has been a volunteer, Patient Care Technician, Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation Educator, and now has served as the Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Recovery and Receiving and Recovery since 2010. She attained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 1995 and is currently working on her Master of Science in Nursing through Ball State University Nursing Administration program. She states that “It is her goal to continually strive to provide our patients and community with the best possible cardiac care possible. We are continually looking for ways to improve processes and outcomes for cardiac patients in the Southern Region. We are blessed with dedicated healthcare providers who provide comprehensive care and teamwork to our patients."

DANA WATTERS, RNC, MSN- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE REGIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Dana Watters has been a nurse for 30 years and Executive Director of the Regional Center for Women and Children at Bloomington Hospital for seven years. Dana’s education began at the University of New York, Albany where she received an Associate Degree in Nursing. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Dana serves as the advisor to the Coordinating Council and the Clinical Ladder Committee. Her two preferred duties as Director of the RCWC are the ability to influence and assist other nurses in their professional growth in addition to serving patients.

Dana considers the most important aspect of her unit is that the nurses in the Regional Center for Women and Children have a passion for the care they give to their patients. They advocate for patients, care for the entire family as well as update their clinical skills to make Bloomington Hospital the best community hospital in Indiana.

Dana is very involved in the community. One of her favorite projects is the Monroe County Post-Partum Depression Task Force. This is a multi-disciplinary group with participants from Bloomington Area Birth Services, physicians’ offices and social service agencies. The goal of this group is to educate healthcare providers and to offer support to women suffering from post-partum depression. She serves at the state level on the Perinatal Mood Disorders Committee through the Indiana State Department of Health - Indiana Perinatal Network.

When asked what she would specifically want people to know about Bloomington Hospital, she replied: “The people who work at Bloomington Hospital are committed to this community!”