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News Room: St. Elizabeth Healthcare Names Chief Patient Services Officer

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Edgewood, KY—St. Elizabeth Healthcare has announced the appointment of Gary Blank, as Senior Vice President/Chief Patient Services Officer/Chief Nursing Officer. In this capacity, he will oversee nursing and professional services to better integrate consistent standards of patient care. The Patient Care Services Officer role will be dedicated to providing patient excellence in the full continuum of healthcare, from health promotion, disease prevention, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative to recovery care.

Blank has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of positions. He joined St. Elizabeth Healthcare in 1981 where he began his career as a nursing assistant in the behavioral health department before working as a registered nurse, assistant nurse manager, manager of the emergency department, director of finance, and assistant vice president of revenue cycle. In 2008, he became Vice President of Professional Services and entered into his current role as Senior Vice President of Professional Services in 2011.

Blank has made many contributions to St. Elizabeth including his efforts with the integration of the professional services areas pre and post-merger. He successfully led the cardiology and vascular co-management agreements, developed and led the creation of the new Heart and Vascular Institute, and worked with St. Elizabeth physicians to expand outpatient services throughout Northern Kentucky. In addition, he ensured state-of-the-art technology is available to patients and improved quality outcomes throughout the professional services areas.

Blank succeeds Jane Swaim, who has announced her retirement following more than 40 years of service to the healthcare industry. Ms. Swaim led the effort at St. Elizabeth to become the first hospital in Greater Cincinnati to obtain Magnet status in 2006 and become re-designated in 2010 for St. Elizabeth Covington, Edgewood and Grant.

“Jane Swaim and Gary Blank have both laid tremendous groundwork for our patient services,” says Garren Colvin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This is a true testament of our succession planning because both Gary and Jane have been working closely together to integrate our patient services into the most collaborative setting for our patients. I am confident that this new structure and appointment will allow for even better outcomes and seamless care for our patients.”

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