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MetroHealth Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Kline Appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Magnet Recognition

Kline, Melissa

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.

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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