Sutter Health Welcomes New Chief Nurse Officer
Anna J. Kiger, DNP, D.Sc., MBA,R.N., joins Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network as its chief nurse officer.
In her new role, Dr. Kiger provides nurse executive leadership across Sutter Health to advance the safe, high-quality and high-value care provided by nurses, professional and technical staff for the network’s 3 million patients.
“Anna’s profound understanding and appreciation of how nursing influences care quality and the patient experience helps further enhance our network’s standing as a leading provider of care,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health’s chief medical officer. “She understands the importance of leading teams that deliver consistent and coordinated care while also placing that responsibility in a special context: ‘How does this personally impact the patient and their family?’”
Dr. Kiger comes to Sutter Health with 30 years of clinical expertise and more than 20 years of healthcare executive leadership experience. Before arriving at Sutter Health, she served as system chief nurse officer and vice president of patient care services at Tenet Healthcare, an investor-owned health system headquartered in Dallas. In that role she was responsible for oversight of the system’s nursing executive leadership and clinical practice, enhancing patient and physician satisfaction, achieving center of excellence designations, as well as assisting hospitals in achieving MagnetTM or Pathways to Excellence designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Earlier in her career, she held the role of adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, where she taught biostatistics to masters level students. Currently she serves on the board of directors for MedicAlert Foundation, a non-profit charitable and membership-based organization dedicated to protecting lives by linking members and emergency responders during medical emergencies. Additionally, she serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Nursing Administration and the Journal of Health Care Risk Management.
Dr. Kiger holds a doctorate of nursing practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, in Lubbock, Texas. She holds a second doctorate of science in public health and health services research from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Additionally, she earned master’s degrees in business administration from Averett University in Danville, Va., and nursing administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Kiger obtained her undergraduate nursing education at West Virginia University’s School of Nursing in Morgantown, W. Va.