Blythedale Children’s Hospital, New York’s only specialty children’s hospital, has named Jill M. Wegener, MSN, RN, CCRN, its new Chief Nursing Officer, Blythedale President and CEO Larry Levine announced today.
Wegener comes to Blythedale with 27 years of pediatric nursing experience, most recently as the Assistant Director, Pediatric Nursing Quality, Performance Improvement and Clinical Integration at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital. She had previously served as the Clinical Nurse Specialist Coordinator for the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics.
Wegener, 47, of Staten Island, also previously worked at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, as the Assistant Nurse Manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, before being promoted to Clinical Nursing Supervisor for Department of Women and Children’s Health. She began her career as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
"Jill has devoted her career to the care of children and to clinical leadership at children’s hospitals,” said Levine. "She is an expert clinician with experience caring for a broad range of pediatric populations. Her expertise is well-suited for Blythedale, where we treat some of the New York metropolitan area’s most vulnerable infants, children and adolescents faced with complex medical needs.”
Wegener said she looks forward to bringing her nearly 30 years of pediatric experience to Blythedale.
"Working in pediatric critical care, you see the miracles that occur when children’s lives are saved,” she said. "And now at Blythedale, I will be able to be a part of the vitally important progress that takes place after a child is stable enough to leave the ICU. I’m very excited to be working with this amazing staff and being part of Blythedale’s innovative efforts to help children recover and reach their full potential.”
Blythedale opened a new $65.3 million, 86-bed, 56,000-square-foot inpatient building in December 2011, featuring an Infant, Toddler and Post-Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a dedicated Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Unit, a Pediatric and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Family Resource Center.
Wegener, who is married and has three sons, received her Master of Nursing degree in Nurse Executive Health Care Administration from Long Island University.