Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa Announces New Chief Nursing Officer
by Adam Amdor
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa (Wheaton Iowa) is pleased to announce Kelly Richards, RN, MSN, as Chief Nursing Officer for the Iowa system. In her new role, Richards will use executive leadership skills as they relate to budgeting, strategic planning, and development of associates to provide exceptional patient care within Wheaton’s Iowa hospitals.
Richards has served the Wheaton Iowa system for the past 20 years, most recently as Patient Care Director. “Kelly has provided leadership and commitment to our Mission, patients, and families throughout her career,” said Jack Dusenbery, president and CEO of Wheaton Iowa.
“I’ve always had a passion for nursing – from being at bedside with patients to teaching students in a clinical setting,” she said. “One of my goals as Chief Nursing Officer will be to help our associates become more involved in decisions that impact their daily work. Together we will continue to focus on providing an overall exceptional patient experience.”
Kelly has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hawkeye Community College.
Richards lives in rural Fairbank with her husband Ron, where the couple has raised two sons.