Nursing chief hired at St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Hospital named registered nurse Yvonne Pellerin as its new chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care effective July 22.

“We are very pleased to have Yvonne join St. Elizabeth,” said Robert Burgess, president and chief executive officer. “We had several strong candidates for this position, but Yvonne’s experiences and philosophies fit well within the culture of our community and organization.

“Her passion for quality, safety, patient satisfaction, and compassion will serve us well,” he said.

Pellerin holds a diploma of nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She earned her masters of science degree in nursing from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, where she focused on leadership, management and finance.

Pellerin has worked as a nurse since 1983, when she began her career as a staff nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland. She brings more than 19 years in management experience to the job, having served in various nursing supervisory positions in hospice, hospitals and industry in Florida and Illinois.

Prior to joining St. Elizabeth, she served as the nursing services manager and codirector of patient care facilitators at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.

Pellerin has also served as an assistant professor for clinical leadership students in cooperation with Illinois State University. She is a board-certified nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to join St. Elizabeth Hospital and to serve its team members, patients and the community,” she said. “I consider myself a servant leader, and I hope to be able to utilize by education and past experiences to make this exceptional organization even better.”