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Published on May 29, 2019

EvergreenHealth Welcomes New Senior Vice President Chief Nursing Officer

Mary Shepler, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, will join the health system’s executive leadership team  

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce that Mary Shepler, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, has joined the health system as senior vice president chief nursing officer (CNO). Shepler was selected through an extensive national search, and replaces Nancee Hofmeister, MSN, RN, NE-BC, who is retiring from EvergreenHealth after serving as the health system’s CNO since 2012.

image of Mary Shepler, Sr VP and Chief Nursing Officer at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA.Shepler is a highly regarded health care operations executive with extensive experience overseeing nursing, clinical, technology and quality improvement operations across large-scale health care and hospital systems. Throughout her career, Shepler has been known by her colleagues to lead with integrity, compassion and transparency in her steadfast commitment to evidence-based practices and clinical outcomes.  

Shepler most recently served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for SCL Health – St. Joseph Hospital, a 400-bed teaching hospital in Denver, Colorado. In her role, she spearheaded a number of patient satisfaction improvement projects that led to the organization’s first American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Magnet Designation in 2017.

“Mary’s philosophy of collaborative, high-quality care and devotion to one-on-one, patient-focused practices align well with our values, and we know that she will enrich our health system in many ways,” said Dr. Amy Beiter, chief executive officer of EvergreenHealth.

Among many of her accomplishments at SCL Health, Shepler orchestrated the adoption of high reliability principles and the introduction of daily safety huddles, which eventually yielded a 90 percent reduction in serious safety events.

Previously, Shepler was the chief clinical informatics officer and interim chief nursing officer at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where she also served as director of critical care, cardiovascular and neurology, and director of performance, improvement and quality.

Shepler earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado, and her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC) and will complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Capella University next year.

About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 407 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).

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