Madlyn Murrey Appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Seattle Children's Hospital

Murrey will replace Susan Heath, who is retiring later this year

Jul 15, 2015, 10:00 ET from Seattle Children's

SEATTLE, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Children's announced today that Madlyn Murrey, RN, MN, has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Seattle Children's Hospital effective Aug. 24. Murrey will replace Susan Heath, who is retiring later this year.

"It was clear throughout the interview process that Mady is an excellent fit for Seattle Children's," said Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children's Hospital. "She is an experienced nursing leader who is passionate about nurse engagement and retention, leadership development, and the crucial role nurses play in patient outcomes and clinical quality. She also is a strong advocate for quality improvement, patient safety and the elimination of preventable harm, and brings substantial experience in space and volume growth. I'm excited to add her to our executive team."

Murrey, 56, currently serves as vice president and chief administration officer of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Ore. Prior to her current post Murrey served as chief operating officer of Multicare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. She held various other posts at Mary Bridge between 1994 and 2013 and also was a registered nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital from 1981 to 1993.

"I'm very excited to welcome someone of Mady's caliber as my successor," said Heath, who previously worked with Murrey at Seattle Children's. "She brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be a wonderful advocate for the nursing staff as well as every child who needs care here."

Murrey earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Seattle University in 1981. She earned her Master of Nursing from the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in 1993 and her executive nurse fellowship certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

"I am incredibly excited to be coming back to the place that gave me my start in pediatrics," said Murrey. "The team at Seattle Children's is full of joyful and effective caregivers who always go the extra mile for patients. I'm honored and humbled to have been selected to serve alongside them."

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