St. Elizabeth Hospital named Yvonne Pellerin, RN, MSN, NE-BC, as its new Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care effective July 22, 2013.

"We are very pleased to have Yvonne join St. Elizabeth," said Robert Burgess, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We had several strong candidates for this position, but Yvonne's experiences and philosophies fit well within the culture of our community and organization. Her passion for quality, safety, patient satisfaction, and compassion will serve us well," he said.

Pellerin holds a Diploma of Nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, where she focused on Leadership, Management, and Finance.

Pellerin has worked as a nurse since 1983 where she began her career as a staff nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland. She brings with her over 19 years in management experience having served in various nursing supervisory positions in hospice, hospitals, and industry in Florida and Illinois. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth, she most recently served as the Nursing Services Manager and Co-Director of Patient Care Facilitators at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Pellerin has also served as an Assistant Professor for clinical leadership students in cooperation with Illinois State University. She is a Board Certified Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is trained in the principles of LEAN and Six Sigma to ensure highest quality outcomes with minimal variation.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join St. Elizabeth Hospital and to serve its team members, patients, and the community," she said. "I consider myself a servant leader, and I hope to be able to utilize by education and past experiences to make this exceptional organization even better."