New Chief Nurse Executive Joins Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Published On 02/08/2012

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Nikki S. Polis, PhD, RN, to provide strategic leadership

Nikki S. Polis, Ph.D., RN has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as chief nurse executive. Polis comes to Methodist from Main Line Health System in Bryn Mawr, Penn. where she was system director for clinical education, research and grants management.  

As chief nurse executive, she will be responsible for creating and communicating the vision and direction for nursing within Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.  In addition, she will provide strategic leadership and support a progressive professional practice environment that promotes excellence in patient care and nursing practice, with an emphasis on accelerating Methodist’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care. 

During her tenure at Main Line Health System, Polis provided leadership for developing and embedding a culture of safety and accountability, facilitated the process for increasing the number of certified direct care nurses to more than 30 percent, and worked on the successful Nurse Magnet re-designation application. Prior to joining Main Line, she worked at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where she served in a variety of positions, most recently as administrative director for MacDonald Women’s Hospital and Women’s services. 

“Polis has built a well-deserved reputation as an innovative, patient-focused health care leader,” said Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Shorb. “With her extensive experience and strong leadership skills, she is well prepared to support achievement of our goals in the areas of a superior patient experience, quality outcomes, increased nurse retention and engagement, and Magnet recognition.”