Opening Discussion Topic:
2020 began as a grueling year for Cheryl Reinking, Chief Nursing Officer for both El Camino Health campuses. The pressure was already on to retain CMS’s top award for Overall Hospital Quality – in spite of CMS re-proportioning its rankings of what was to be measured, done, and rewarded, to help consumers select the most highly rated hospitals.
Then, in late February, Patient X arrived in the ED with novel symptoms. She turned out to be the first COVID patient in Santa Clara County and one of the first in the nation. At that point, Cheryl began keeping her Journal, documenting the activities, stresses and strains surrounding El Camino’s “COVID-19 Pandemic Incident Command Center,” for which she is also responsible. She will share with us some of the key insights taken from the pages of her COVID Journal written in real time.
During our Members’ Discussion we’ll look to hear about the lessons you learned Overcoming Challenges in 2020, the year that was like no other.
As Chief Nursing Officer of El Camino Health, Cheryl Reinking oversees the nursing division and patient experience for everyone in the ECH hospitals. Having rising through the ranks, as a clinical nurse, case manager, nursing director and vice chief of clinical operations before becoming ECH’s CNO in 2013, Cheryl is also a Nurse Executive Advance-Board Certified, and earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, graduating from the University of San Francisco in December 2020, capping off an unforgettable year.
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