Valarie McPherson has been named Mountainside hospital's new chief nursing officer. 

McPherson, with more than 20 years of experience in the field, joins Mountainside Medical Center from Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, where she served as chief nursing executive, responsible for the strategic leadership of all nursing and patient care functions. McPherson has also held leadership positions in several California hospitals and in the Tenet Health system.

“We are looking forward to having Val join our executive leadership team,” Mountainside CEO Tim O’Brien said in a Mountainside Medical Center press release. “Her knowledge and expertise, paired with her data-driven leadership, will support Mountainside’s vision to be the highest quality hospital of choice for our community.”

A number of quality and nursing operational improvements are credited to her time at Kaiser, the press release said. These include reduction in patient length of stay, improved throughput metrics for admission from the emergency department and discharge times, a decrease in hospital acquired infections, and developing a nursing strategic plan as well as a shared governance and professional practice model.

“I am excited to join Mountainside Medical Center,” McPherson in the release. “Nurses serve in some of the most important roles in healthcare and make a difference every day in the lives of our patients. Mountainside is an outstanding community hospital, and it is my honor to collaborate with nursing and physicians to advance the hospital’s care.”