WCHOB Announces Chief Nursing Officer Appointment

Updated: 8/18/2014

After a national search, Kirsten Johnson Moore, MSN, RN, PHRN, has been appointed vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Most recently the senior director of nursing and patient care services executive for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Moore has nearly 20 years experience leading nursing and emergency transport operations. Managing an annual budget exceeding $18 million, she was directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of 10 departments, which included 72,000 patient visits and 4,900 transports per year. Her innovative approaches were instrumental in obtaining a Level 1 Trauma designation and Magnet status.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kirsten as we move forward with our focus on improving quality of care,” said Allegra Jaros, the president of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  “Leading from the bedside, we need to exceed the expectations of our patients and families, in the current hospital location as well as our future at the Oshiei Children’s Hospital. Nursing will help lead this charge.”

Moore is a published and industry-recognized professional with national speaking engagements. She is currently in the process of acquiring her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Drexel University.

As CNO, Moore will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of nursing services at the hospital and for developing and implementing nursing strategy and corporate policies to ensure quality care that exceeds the expectations of patients and their families. 

Moore will develop and implement site-specific patient-focused management programs, nursing practice guidelines, nursing quality indicators, nursing research based practices, and clinical pathways. She will also oversee the integration of the care delivery system so that patient care needs are met within financial, Department of Health and other regulatory guidelines.

At St. Christopher Children’s Center, Moore implemented a Commitment to Quality Team in the Emergency Department and was a 5-star Hospital in the Tenet Healthcare Corporation for 3 consecutive months.

She is the recipient of the Mildred K. Fincke Nursing Award for her outstanding contribution to emergency healthcare in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the EMSC Recognition Award for going above and beyond to provide advice, inspiration, and leadership in grant-related matters.