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Baptist Health’s Chief Nursing Officer Honored as Nursing Leader to Know

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By Baptist Health


Tammy Daniel was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for having oversight of exceptional patient care and for creating opportunities for a new generation of nurses. 

Jacksonville, Fla., January 16, 2024 – Tammy Daniel, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) of Baptist Health, has been included on Beckers Hospital Review’s prestigious list of hospital and health system nursing leaders to know.  

The list acknowledges nursing leaders who leverage their clinical and leadership experience to provide exceptional patient care and create “professional pathways for the next generation of nurses,” according to Beckers.

Daniel has spent nearly half of her 35-year career at Baptist Health. She joined the health system in 2007 and held several leadership positions within the organization before assuming the top nursing leadership role in 2018. In addition to strategic planning to align nursing practice with system values and goals, Daniel oversees nursing while elevating quality, safety, efficiency and a culture of excellence and empathy across the health system. All of Baptist Health’s eligible adult hospitals have received the coveted Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for providing the gold standard of nursing care. Baptist Health is also a proud recipient of straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety at all of its eligible adult hospitals and Wolfson Children’s Hospital received the “Leapfrog Top Hospital” award.

Initiatives to enhance the careers of Baptist Health’s current nurses and train the next generation of nursing professionals include Baptist Health Clinical School, a 15-week nursing assistant program to teach students to care for patients in diverse care settings, and a 12-month accelerated nursing degree program developed with Jacksonville University. Baptist Health also offers the ExCEL Clinical Ladder Program, a professional development program that enhances job satisfaction and empowers direct care team members to pursue opportunities for advancement while enhancing the quality of patient care and outcomes. 

“We sincerely congratulate Dr. Daniel on this honor,” said Matthew A. Zuino, MSIS, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health. “We thank her for her tireless dedication to our patients’ health and safety and for being an innovator and advocate for advancing the role of nursing at a time when it is critically important to attract and retain a high-quality workforce to serve our growing community.”   

About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Clay; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida; and Baptist Home Health Care by BAYADA. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care, which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.

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