20-year health care executive from Nebraska Medicine to lead Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak hospital
John Fox, president and CEO, and Carolyn Wilson, RN, MBA, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Beaumont Health, have announced the appointment of Rosanna Morris, RN, MBA, as president of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Beaumont Health’s flagship hospital. Morris comes from Nebraska Medicine where she has served in a series of executive positions since 2008, most recently as the system’s interim chief executive officer.
“Rosanna’s 20-plus years in health care, and deep background in academic medicine, will advance Royal Oak’s continued development as one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers,” said Wilson. “She will bring fresh perspectives and ideas, and a passion for exceptional patient care and service, to her new role at Beaumont.”
Nebraska Medicine is a $1.2 billion academic health care system comprised of two acute care hospitals, Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, and UNMC Physicians, a 600-faculty physician practice group. Nebraska Medicine is the primary clinical partner of University of Nebraska Medical Center, with 678 beds, 39 ambulatory clinics, 1,000 employed and affiliated physicians and 7,400 employees.
As interim CEO at Nebraska, Morris oversaw system operations, established a system strategic plan, and led the development and execution of clinical initiatives that supported significant growth and market expansion, resulting in the system’s most profitable year.
Before taking on the interim CEO role, she served as chief operating officer and system chief nursing officer with responsibility for all hospital-based clinical operations. During her eight-year career with Nebraska, Morris led facility planning, expansion and renovation of multiple campus master planning projects; served on the steering committee creating Nebraska Medicine, merging the academic physician practice group, the hospitals and ambulatory operations; co-led the Epic electronic medical record implementation; developed an advanced practice hospital model; and partnered with clinical leaders to achieve top quartile ranking from University HealthSystem Consortium in 2012 and 2013.
Before joining Nebraska, Morris served as vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she also served as director of Adult Acute Services and manager of Ambulatory Care Services.
Earlier in her career, she served as director of Transplant and Acute Care Services at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and as clinical manager of adult and pediatric multiorgan transplant services at Stanford University Medical Center in California. She began her health care career as a staff nurse in the Multi-Organ Transplant, Trauma and Vascular Services Unit at Stanford.
Morris earned an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco, and is completing a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.
Her many memberships and appointments include serving on the UHC AMC Network Executive Board; as an executive committee board member of the Nebraska Hospital Association; and as a senior clinical associate dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has also served on the boards of Partnership for Kids, Ronald McDonald House and the Midtown Business Alliance in Omaha, Nebraska.
Morris will arrive at Beaumont in late summer.