Cathleen Wheatley, M.S., R.N., C.E.N.P.,
has been named chief nurse executive and vice president of clinical operations at
Wake Forest Baptist Health, effective September 8.
has more than 25 years of health care and executive management experience with
an extensive background in transformational leadership, management development,
and clinical quality and performance improvement.
nurse executive and vice president of clinical operations, Wheatley is
responsible for the overall performance of assigned clinical care operations
across Wake Forest Baptist including providing oversight of nursing care for
patients. She will also have responsibility for cancer, pediatric and
behavioral health service lines.
has served since 2012 in the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi Health Services
(SEHA) as system chief nursing executive. SEHA includes 12 hospitals with 2,600
beds, 62 ambulatory care clinics and 17,000 employees.
SEHA, she established standardized evidence-based clinical competencies and
productivity standards for nursing and allied health. She developed a
system-level capacity management plan and a standardized model for care
coordination, utilization management and operational measurement.
worked with Cathleen in Abu Dhabi, I’ve seen first-hand her excellence, vision
and heart for providing the best health care of the highest quality and with
great compassion,” said Karen “Bobbi” Carbone, M.D., M.B.A., president and
chief operating officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health. “I look forward to her
bringing that same passionate approach to our patient- and family-centered care
model at Wake Forest Baptist.”
succeeds Maureen Sintich, M.S.N., R.N., vice president and chief nursing
officer, who accepted a position with Meridian Health in Neptune, N.J.
to her service in the United Arab Emirates, Wheatley served at DeKalb Regional
Health System, a three-campus hospital system in Atlanta, Ga., where she held
the roles of senior vice president, chief clinical operating officer and chief
nurse executive. Before then, she was their chief quality officer from 2007-2011.
Her accomplishments at DeKalb Regional include reducing length of stay,
reducing hospital-acquired infection rates and establishing a Center
for Nursing Practice to optimize nursing excellence at the bedside and to
recruit and retain top nursing talent.
to her experience at DeKalb Regional, Wheatley held clinical practice positions
in neurosciences at Emory University Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.
earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a graduate
certificate in Gerontology at Georgia State University. She is a certified
executive in nursing practice (C.E.N.P.) as credentialed by the American
Organization of Nurse Executives.
has two grown sons, Kyle and Tye, who reside in Miami.