Jean Putnam, the executive vice president and chief nursing officer for Community Health Network, is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience. Serving in a variety of clinical roles and progressive leadership positions, she has practiced in acute care, home care and long-term care. She is responsible for the practice of nearly 4,000 nurses and support services for Community.
Jean received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University, and subsequently earned a master of science degree in health policy from the University of Maryland. Jean served on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Aging, where she gained valuable experience on the national healthcare scene.
Prior to becoming Community’s chief nursing officer, she was the chief clinical quality officer at Community Health Network, and the vice president of quality resources and risk management.
Jean is a member of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives (IONE), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality (InAHQ), and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). She is a member of the board of directors of the Indiana Center of Nursing and serves on the advisory council for schools of nursing at Purdue University, Anderson University and Indiana University. She serves on the executive workgroup of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety and the council for quality and patient safety of the Indiana Hospital Association. Jean also serves as the executive director of an official Miss America preliminary scholarship program, where she enjoys mentoring.