Newsmaker: Susan E. Hoolahan

By Jason Cato, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 29–Age: 45

Residence: Wexford

Family: Husband, Paul; daughters, Casey and Erin, son, P.J., all 12-year-old triplets

Occupation: Vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of UPMC St. Margaret

Education: Nursing diploma, Shadyside Hospital; bachelor’s degree in nursing, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health, Boston; master’s degree in nursing, La Roche College.

Background: Began her career as a critical care nurse at Shadyside Hospital, then worked in the same field at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; returned to Pittsburgh as director of the open heart unit at Shadyside Hospital, then became clinical director for critical care services at UPMC Presbyterian before returning to Shadyside as director of nursing; has been at St. Margaret for nearly seven years.

Noteworthy: Selected a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. The three-year fellowship focuses on understanding and identifying solutions to make timely changes to national health care issues. Hoolahan hopes to focus on workplace issues related to nurses, a field which is experiencing both a labor shortage and an aging labor pool.

Quote: “It’s really a unique opportunity to build a network of colleagues from around the country that come from different backgrounds,” Hoolahan said of the fellowship. “That is so valuable.”


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