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Native LIer Returns to Serve as South Nassau’s Chief Nursing Officer

South Nassau Communities Hospital recently announced that Sue Penque, PhD, RN, CNP, has been named chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services. Dr. Penque, who originally hails from Long Island, comes to South Nassau from the North Memorial Health Care System in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, where she served as Chief Nursing Officer of the system.

“Dr. Penque is known for her acumen and leadership to develop and implement plans that improve the quality and delivery of patient care services and enhance nursing staff retention and recruitment,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president & CEO at South Nassau. “Her extensive record of accomplishment and know-how will ensure that South Nassau builds on its tradition of excellence in patient care services.”

As senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Dr. Penque will oversee all nursing activities and will work to insure the delivery of consistent, high-quality care that is in keeping with the overall mission, vision, and objectives of South Nassau. This includes planning, implementing, and coordinating the delivery of standard-setting patient-centered nursing care throughout the hospital system, which includes 14 community-based, outpatient specialty healthcare centers. She will also lead and direct the development of strategies to promote the recruitment, retention, and recognition of excellence in nursing; assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services; coordinate and collaborate in identifying areas for performance improvement and prepare and participate in Joint Commission and hospital licensure surveys.

“South Nassau is known for its commitment to providing its nursing staff with the foundation and tools it needs to fulfill its commitment to serve patients with the attentive, compassionate care that they deserve,” said Dr. Penque. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of South Nassau’s tradition of providing high-quality healthcare services that are tailored to the needs of its patients.”

A magnet appraiser from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Maryland, Dr. Penque joins South Nassau after 29 years of distinguished service at United Hospital/Allina Hospitals in St. Paul, Minn. Selected vice president of patient care at United Hospital and co-chair of the Allina health system nurse executive council in 2007, Dr. Penque spearheaded the opening of the system’s 122-bed Nasseff Heart Center and Critical Care Hospital, serving as its director from 1995-2004. Prior to that, she was a clinical nurse manager for a cardiovascular step down unit from 1985-95 and a clinical nurse specialist in critical care and telemetry from 1980-85.

Dr. Penque is a recipient of numerous honors in the field of nursing, including the Helen Wells Nursing Research Award, Dora Stohl Nursing Leadership Fellowship, Rahr Fellowship in Nursing Research, and Twin Cities Chapter AACN Critical Care Nurse of the Year Award. She has also authored and co-authored a number of medical publications and research papers on the advancement of nursing and patient safety that have been published in Nursing Management, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, The Nurse Practitioner, and the American Journal of Critical Care. She is an active member of many important professional associations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Gerontology Society of America, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association.

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