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Clarian North CNO Damita Williams Appointed to AONE Diversity Council

| Carmel, IND.—Damita Williams, RN, MSN, MA, CPN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services at Clarian North Medical Center, has been appointed to the 2011 American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Diversity Council. The council’s work will include updating an AONE diversity toolkit to help nurse leaders address diversity issues; and exploring strategic workforce/diversity initiatives related to generational differences and sexual preference.


Williams is responsible for the leadership of all nursing and patient care services. She possesses more than 26 years of nursing experience in pediatrics and has served Clarian North Medical Center since 2005. She joined Clarian North as the Director of Riley Hospital North and Resource Center, and since December 2009, has served Clarian North as the Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to joining Clarian North, Williams served as clinical manager of the unit for pediatric general, orthopedic and genitourinary surgery patients, gastrointestinal patients, and multi-visceral transplant patients at Riley Hospital for Children in downtown Indianapolis.


AONE is the national organization of nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care. The AONE Diversity Council’s work includes finalizing the implementation of the AONE Diversity in Health Care Organizations Toolkit to assist nurse leaders in implementing strategies to address diversity issues within the workforce and the patients served based on the AONE Guiding Principles for Diversity in Health Care Organizations, coordinating work with AONE Future Patient Care Delivery Committee as necessary, and collaborating with the AHA Institute for Diversity on initiatives that can further the mission and goals of both organizations.


“I am honored to serve on the AONE Diversity Council. Being a part of an organization that provides professional development and advocacy, and promotes nursing leadership excellence is a privilege,” states Williams.


Williams is affiliated with the Indiana State Board of Nursing Licensure and is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nursing, the Indiana and American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Indiana and National Black Nurses Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2007, she was recognized by the Indianapolis Star as a Salute to Nursing award nominee and is an expert reviewer for the Pediatric Nursing Journal. Damita and her husband John are the parents of five children —Nicholas, 20, Chezni, 17, Tyhee, 14, Olivia, 9, and Kennedi, 3.


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About Clarian North Medical Center - Clarian North is a full-service hospital committed to providing exceptional care and service. With dedicated pavilions for women, children and specialty surgery, and an attached medical office building, Clarian North brings together physician offices, inpatient beds and operating rooms. All patient rooms are private, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, within the 700,000-square-foot, 189-patient bed facility. Clarian North Medical Center is part of Clarian Health, a system of hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana, which includes Methodist and Indiana University hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children, Clarian West Medical Center and Clarian Arnett Health.

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