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Rush University Medical Center Names New Chief Nursing Officer

After a comprehensive, national search for a new chief nursing officer, Angelique L. Richard, RN, PhD, has been named vice president for clinical nursing and chief nursing officer, Rush University Medical Center, and associate dean for practice, Rush University, College of Nursing. Richard begins her role on Oct. 3.

Richard has a 30-year nursing career and currently is the chief nurse executive and vice president of clinical operations for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Since 2014, she has been charged with leading patient care delivery, ensuring staff accountability for providing a patient-centered clinical practice environment, and overseeing general clinical quality and patient safety for SCCA, which is a partnership of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Prior to joining SCCA, Richard held nursing leadership positions at the University of Connecticut Health Care System, from 2013 to 2014; Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, from 2003 to 2013; and Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, Illinois, from 1999 to 2003.

Richard’s return to Rush is a homecoming of sorts. She started her career as a nursing assistant at Rush in 1984, and is a graduate of Rush University College of Nursing, with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing science. She also is a former faculty member of Rush University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

During her time at Rush, Richard worked as a nurse and an assistant unit director on the bone marrow transplant unit. She is engaging, enthusiastic and very much a “Rush nurse” already. She will work with the team to build the future of nursing at Rush and in the industry overall, said Cynthia Barginere, DNP, RN, FACHE, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Rush University Hospitals; and associate dean for practice, Rush University College of Nursing. 

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