Dear Friends,We are excited to talk with you and provide you information about our facility and our pursuit of excellence in quality care delivery.
We are Oklahoma's largest and most diverse hospital. Our vision is to be the leading nursing organization focused on providing quality, compassionate care in an academic environment through shared governance, evidence based practice, advanced education, interdisciplinary collaboration and research.
We emphasize a family-centered care environment, making sure families participate and share in the patients' care and decision-making regarding care delivery.
As a nurse in our organization, you have the opportunity to provide care in almost any specialty service available. And being an academic facility gives us the advantage of being focused on advanced research, technology and treatment options in many areas of medical and nursing innovation.
Sincerely, Executive Nursing Council
Sharon Dillard, RN, MS Vice President of Nursing OU Medical Center Edmond
Ms. Dillard’s dedication to quality clinical care has benefitted healthcare staff and patients from Massachusetts to Colorado to Oklahoma. In her current role, she is responsible for the oversight of clinical practices on the Edmond campus.
Ms. Dillard joined OU Medical Center in2007 as director of adult oncology services before becoming associate chief nursing officer in 2008. She took on the role of vice president of nursing for OU Medical Center Edmond in 2010.
Before joining OU Medical System, Ms. Dillard served in numerous positions at Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center in Ponca City beginning in 2001. She also worked as a clinical nurse specialist, educator, clinical coordinator and on the bone marrow transplant clinical staff at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver from 1991-1998. Her career in healthcare began as a part of the oncology team at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Ms. Dillard received a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Science degree with a focus on oncology as a clinical nurse specialist from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.
Cathy Pierce, MS RNC Interim Chief Nursing Officer, OU Medical System Vice President of Nursing
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Ms. Pierce’s commitment to exceptional patient care as well as her dedication to OU Medical System is invaluable. In her roles, Ms. Pierce oversees multiple service lines, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Children's Hospital Emergency Department as well as patient logistics, clinical education and procedural nursing.
Ms. Pierce began her career with OU Medical System while in nursing school in 1997. She spent 11 years as a nurse in labor and delivery before moving into leadership positions. In 2008, Ms. Pierce became vice president of nursing at The Children’s Hospital. In February of 2013, she accepted the interim chief nursing officer position for OU Medical System.
She has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Campus; a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma; and a Master of Science with a major in nursing education from Southern Nazarene University.
Toni Steele, MBA, RN Vice President for Patient Access and Nursing Administration OU Medical System
Ms. Steele’s knowledge of and dedication to OU Medical System and quality patient care has made her a highly regarded asset. She oversees multiple service lines as well as procedural nursing and nursing research.
Ms. Steele’s entire healthcare career has been at OU Medical System, beginning while still in school as a nursing assistant at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital in 1981. Upon completion of her nursing degree, she stayed in critical care, moving through progressive roles until accepting an administrative position in 1989. While in administrative roles, she led implementation teams and provided support for computerized nursing documentation. In 2010, she accepted an interim assignment as vice president of nursing for OU Medical Center, providing support in that capacity to nursing leaders for two years. She accepted her current role in 2012.
Ms. Steele earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Kammie Monarch, MSN, RN, JD Vice President of Adult Services, OU Medical Center
Kammie Monarch, has more than 25 years of experience in health care, serving in a variety of roles ranging from legal counsel to top leadership positions in nursing and other related entities. Before her promotion to the role of vice president of nursing, Kammie served as the director of neurosciences at OU Medical Center. She returned to the hospital a year ago after serving as director of nursing development at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in the 1990’s.
“Kammie brings a fantastic and well-rounded perspective combined with tremendous passion to her new role. She’s already made a significant impact on patient care and outcomes during the time she’s been here. We are fortunate to have Kammie’s excellent leadership at a higher level,” said Charles L. Spicer, president and chief executive officer, OU Medical System.
Monarch graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Oral Roberts University. She then received her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University, expanding her influence to the field of law. Monarch served with the Oklahoma Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association, as well as its subsidiary, the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, she’s served as chief nursing officer of Oklahoma Workforce Center; chief operating officer and general counsel of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing; and chief operating officer of Nurse-Family Partnership, a nonprofit providing nurse visits to low-income, first time mothers.
“OU Medical Center will benefit from the transformational leadership that Kammie has demonstrated leading us to Comprehensive Stroke Accreditation over the past year. Her passion and perseverance for the patient and those providing the care is an example for us all,” said Kris Wallace, COO, OU Medical Center.