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BJC chief nurse executive Denise Murphy to retire


November 03, 2021
November 03, 2021

BJC chief nurse executive Denise Murphy, BSN, MPH, has decided to retire at the end of June 2022 after a total of 20 years of service to BJC HealthCare.

“So many of us have had the pleasure to work alongside Denise during her 20 years with us, and while I will miss Denise greatly, I know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family, including her six grandkids, her hobbies, and wherever her interests take her next,” said Clay Dunagan, MD, BJC senior vice president and chief clinical officer.

Murphy first came to Barnes-Jewish Hospital as an infection control specialist in 1993 and quickly advanced to become the first director of BJC infection prevention and health care epidemiology, which gained national attention for Murphy and BJC. In 2003, she was appointed vice president and chief patient safety and quality officer at BJH, where she built a quality and safety program that helped BJH win the Missouri Quality Award in 2008.

Murphy left BJH in 2008 to assume the vice president and chief quality and patient safety officer role at Main Life Health in Philadelphia which, under her direction, achieved multiple state and regional patient safety and quality awards. She returned to BJC in 2016 as the inaugural vice president of patient care systems and chief nurse executive.

In this role, she has led the transformation of nursing leadership at BJC into a more coordinated and influential leadership voice. She has also been instrumental in the evolution of BJC’s demonstrated quality platform, especially with her work on culture and core values, as well as optimization. Murphy recently joined the BJC executive leadership team.

“With her infectious enthusiasm, courageous spirit and organizational savvy, Denise will be leaving an indelible mark on BJC. We will immediately begin our search for her replacement, who will also have a seat at the BJC executive leadership table,” said Dr. Dunagan.

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