Nursing Leadership

Jean Putnam, RN, MS, CPHQ
Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Network

Jean Putnam, Chief Nursing Officer Community Health Network

Jean Putnam is the chief nursing officer for Community Health Network. She engages nurses in governance and creates new ways to give nurses a voice in care transformation. Putnam also furthers the Network’s efforts to support nursing education, both to welcome future nurses into the industry and to help expand the skills of those already working as caregivers.

Jean has more than twenty years of experience working in performance improvement, risk management and nursing.

 

Anita Capps, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive, Community Hospital South

Anita Capps, VP/Chief Nursing Executive, Community Hospital SouthAnita joined Community Health Network in April 2016 as the chief nurse executive for Community Hospital South. Anita has served the nursing profession for 19 years, including 12 years of progressive leadership. She spent her first seven years in the operating room and as she grew in leadership spent time in the medical and oncology service lines. In her role, Anita oversees nursing service and operations, working collaboratively with physician leaders, hospital leaders, product line leaders and the entire nursing team to enhance clinical performance in the areas of service, quality and safety, growth, finance and the patient experience.

Anita earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

Anita has been described as a results-driven professional whose collaborative leadership style has allowed her to create strong clinical leadership teams that focus on safety, quality and the patient experience.

Anita is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association. She also serves on executive boards within the Indianapolis area.

 

Paige Dooley, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Vice President, Nursing, Community Hospital East

Paige Dooley Vice President, Nursing, Community Hospital EastDooley has worked at Community Health Network since 1985, when she started her nursing career as a medical-surgical nurse at Community Hospital East. She held various nursing roles throughout the network until 2003, when she moved into nursing administration. Most recently, Dooley served as a professional practice consultant for the network, evaluating and implementing systems to improve standards of care, practice and performance.

Dooley received an associate’s degree in nursing at the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University. She has a master of science in nursing and a master of business administration from Anderson University. Dooley is president of the Anderson University School of Nursing chapter of the Alumni Association and is a member of the Indiana State Nurses Association, Society for Nursing Excellence, and Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society.

 

Kristen Edwards, MBA, MSN, RN, CNML
Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive, Howard Region

Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive, Howard RegionKristen is a results-oriented nursing professional with 18 years of experience, all with Community Health Network. Prior to coming to Community Howard, she spent her career at Community Hospital East in a number of roles. After beginning as a general staff nurse with a specialty in critical care, Kristen became clinical manager for the critical care and progressive care units before serving as nurse manager for the progressive care unit. In her most recent role, she served as the director of medical surgical nursing, med-surg therapies, and dialysis.

Kristen has a master of science in nursing administration and a master of business administration from Anderson University. Kristen earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree with distinction from Purdue University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and the Society for Nursing Excellence.

 

Pamela Hunt, MSN, RN
Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive, North Region

Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive, North RegionPam has served the nursing profession in a leadership role for over twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pam earned her BS from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master;s degree in nursing administration from Indiana University. Pam first joined Community Health Network in 2011 as the vice president of patient care services/chief nursing executive of Community Heart and Vascular Hospital with responsibility for patient care and hospital operations. In 2013, she accepted a regional role as vice president of patient care service/chief nurse executive for the North Region. Prior to coming to Community Health Network, Pam was the vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer at Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo, Indiana. Pam’s career experience also includes serving as administrative director of perioperative services, the division of critical care and magnet program director at Marion General Hospital, where she began her career as a registered nurse.

Pam has lectured nationally and internationally regarding the challenges of healthcare leadership. Her articles have been published in nationally recognized journals, including Nursing Management, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing and AORN Journal. She is also the author of the finance section of a book entitled Five Keys To Successful Nursing Management, a learning module for Sigma Theta Tau entitled “The Nurse Manager and Business Plan Development with Cost-Benefit Analysis” and co-author of The Nurse Leader’s Guide to Business Skills. She is a member of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, and Easter Seals Crossroads Advisory Board. She also serves on the advisory board for Harrison College and Anderson University.

Carol Whitesel, MSN, RN
Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Community Hospital Anderson

Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Community Hospital AndersonWith more than 33 years of nursing experience, including multiple leadership roles in diverse clinical departments, Carol has a strong background across all patient care areas. She spent her first 11 years as a bedside nurse in Med/Surg, OB and rehabilitation, creating a firm clinical foundation. She came to Community Hospital Anderson in 1991, first working in Pregnancy Plus, doing outreach in the community by visiting new mothers and babies in their homes and teaching a variety of educational classes. She later assumed the management role of Pregnancy Plus, Healthy Hearts, Diabetes Care Center, Wound/Ostomy and the Anticoagulation clinic. Eventually, becoming the director of Women’s and Children’s services, managing the OB and Pediatric units as well. In 2012, she moved into her current role of Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, she oversees most of the clinical services provided at Community Anderson.

Carol’s collaborative leadership style has allowed her to create a strong clinical leadership team who focus on quality, safety and patient satisfaction. She holds an associate of science degree in nursing (ASN) from Anderson College, a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in nursing (MSN) from Western Governor’s University. She is a member of IONE, inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and received the Outstanding Professional award while attending Indiana Wesleyan University.