Susan Mitchell Grant, a career nurse and administrator with more than 20 years of experience, has been named chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare. She begins her post August 24.
Most recently, Grant served as senior associate administrator for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Washington Medical Center and assistant dean for practice at the University of Washington School of Nursing (Seattle). There, she was responsible for inpatient, surgical, emergency and patient care services, and clinical information systems. In addition to these responsibilities, Grant successfully led University of Washington Medical Center through two American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet designations, as well as the implementation of an organization-wide patient and family advisory program.
"Susan Grant brings to Emory Healthcare a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience," said Emory Healthcare President and CEO John T. Fox. "SusanÕs commitment to the practice of nursing care and the key role played by that profession in patient care are indicative of the outstanding leadership she will provide to our dedicated nursing professionals at Emory Healthcare, and I look forward to working with her."
During her two-plus decades of service, Grant has worked in progressively responsible positions at Kershaw County Hospital, Camden, South Carolina; the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; and at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she was chief of nursing and patient care services. She returns to Emory, where she served as staff nurse in the coronary care unit of Emory University Hospital from 1984-1987.
"I am honored and very excited to have been selected as the chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare," Grant said. "As a staff nurse at Emory, my ideas and image of professional nursing practice were shaped by the outstanding nurses I worked with who upheld high standards and excellence in nursing practice. Because of that, I have always been proud to call myself an Emory nurse."
Grant, who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, and a master's degree in psychiatry and community mental health nursing from the University of South Carolina, is also a Certified Nurse Administrator Advanced (CNAA).
She has published articles in professional journals and has presented nationally and internationally on patient safety and family-centered care. She has been honored by Nursing Spectrum for nursing leadership; Sigma Theta Tau; and the President of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Grant is currently a Robert Wood Johnson executive nurse fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Center for the Health Professions, and has been a Johnson & Johnson Executive Fellow with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Grant replaces Dr. Alice Vautier, who retired July 31 as chief nursing officer for Emory Hospitals, a position she held since 1995.