Bronson Announces New Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer - Bronson Healthcare

Published on February 07, 2011

Bronson Announces New Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Denise Neely, BSN, MBA, has been appointed vice president, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Bronson Healthcare Group. With more than 30 years of experience in nursing, clinical operations and healthcare leadership, Neely has served since 2005 as director of service lines and regional business development at Bronson.

Neely began her nursing career at Bronson in 1980 as a nurse in surgical services where she served in both staff and leader capacities. From 1991 to 2005, she held leadership positions at Southern Hills Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., Saint Thomas Health Services, also in Nashville, the Bureau of TennCare, and the University Hospital Methodist Health Systems in Memphis, Tenn.

Neely earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nazareth College and master’s degree in business administration from Belmont University’s Jack Massey School of Business in Nashville.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 405 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital, was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Bronson is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2010-11 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. For more information, visit