Newswise — MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (August 17, 2021) – Valarie McPherson has been named the Chief Nursing Officer for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center.  McPherson is a visionary healthcare nursing and operations executive with over 20 years of experience. She has successfully developed leaders, departments, and programs to deliver quality-driven, evidence-based patient care.

McPherson joins Mountainside Medical Center from Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, CA, where she served as Chief Nursing Executive, responsible for the strategic leadership of all nursing and patient care functions. A number of quality and nursing operational improvements are credited to her time at Kaiser. These include reduction in patient length of stay, improved throughput metrics for admission from the Emergency Department and discharge times, a decrease in hospital acquired infections, and developing a nursing strategic plan as well as a shared governance and professional practice model.

Her extensive experience in the hospital setting includes leadership positions in several California hospitals and in the Tenet Health system.

“We are looking forward to having Val join our executive leadership team,” said Tim O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mountainside Medical Center. “Her knowledge and expertise, paired with her data-driven leadership, will support Mountainside’s vision to be the highest quality hospital of choice for our community.”

“I am excited to join Mountainside Medical Center,” said McPherson. “Nurses serve in some of the most important roles in healthcare and make a difference every day in the lives of our patients. Mountainside is an outstanding community hospital, and it is my honor to collaborate with nursing and physicians to advance the hospital’s care.”

About Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit


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