MetroHealth Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Kline Appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Magnet Recognition
Melissa Kline, VP and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), has been appointed to the Commission on Magnet Recognition, a voluntary governing body that oversees the Magnet Recognition Program®. This program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The commission renders the final decision regarding the designation of the Magnet® credential, and provides a mechanism for the systematic review and evaluation of the strategic direction of the Magnet Recognition Program. She will be one of two CNOs and one of twelve on the Commission.
Kline’s work has helped in securing MetroHealth’s Magnet® designation for three consecutive reviews. In its most recent review in 2015, MetroHealth achieved Magnet redesignation with six exemplars under her leadership. In this role on the Commission, Kline will help make final decisions regarding other hospitals’ Magnet designation, and will oversee the appeals process for the program.
She began her career at MetroHealth in 1998 as a clinical nurse on the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit and then the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Prior to becoming VP and CNO in 2015, she served in many leadership capacities, including assistant nurse manager, nurse manager, director of Nurse Staffing Operations, director of Nursing Operations and Professional Development, and associate chief nursing officer.
Kline’s four-year term begins in January 2018.
The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,500 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 20 other MetroHealth locations. Two new hospitals have recently opened in Cleveland Heights and Parma, and MetroHealth also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992 by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons, and one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association. MetroHealth also is home to a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.
In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than 1.4 million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top six percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit metrohealth.org.