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Kathy DeRuggiero Appointed Vice President of Patient Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International - 01/13/2016

Kathy DeRuggiero Appointed Vice President of Patient Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Release Date: January 13, 2016
Kathy DeRuggiero, R.N., D.N.P.
Kathy DeRuggiero, R.N., D.N.P.
Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Kathy DeRuggiero, R.N., D.N.P., a 32-year Johns Hopkins Medicine nursing veteran and leader, has been named vice president of patient services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. The appointment, effective immediately, follows a five-month national search during which DeRuggiero served as interim vice president.

In her new role, she will lead the development of the patient services model and resources needed to deliver the promise of medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s diverse patient populations domestically and internationally.

“Our model considers the entire patient journey to ensure holistic, measurable results that last well beyond the immediate visit,” says Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “Kathy’s expertise, leadership skills and considerable institutional relationships will continue to serve us well as she takes on this role in a permanent capacity.”

Throughout her career at Johns Hopkins, DeRuggiero has demonstrated her ability to lead in complex environments and leverage her extensive institutional and clinical knowledge. In her most recent role as director of nursing for emergency medicine and critical care transport, Kathy was responsible for oversight of emergency services, the adult emergency department, urgent care and the emergency acute inpatient service. Ground ambulance, helicopter, fixed wing transport and the intrahospital transport nursing practice were also under her purview, with a staff of nearly 300.

DeRuggiero holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and has published several articles related to operations improvement in emergency medicine. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice, with a focus on leadership development in complex health care systems, from the University of Maryland.