Susan Kunkel, RN, MSN, joined Crozer-Chester Medical Center as Administrative Director, Perioperative Services, in September 2010. In this role, she has financial and operational responsibility for Preadmission Testing, Short Procedure Unit, Operating Room, Endoscopy Suite, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and Sterile Processing Department.
A 40-year nursing veteran of perioperative and surgical services, cardiology, and critical care, Kunkel previously served as Vice President of Perioperative Services for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In that role, she provided leadership for the Nursing organization’s journey to Magnet designation. Her diversified expertise includes improving patient outcomes, assuring quality performance and enhancing patient safety.
A tireless proponent of Magnet nursing excellence, Kunkel is known for creating highly collaborative and supportive environments for nurses to deliver quality, evidence-based patient care and to advance their clinical practice through continuing education, research, mentoring and professional development.
Kunkel earned nursing degrees from Gwynedd Mercy College and the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing. She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from Villanova University.
Gail Turley, RNC, MSN, NEA-BC, has been appointed Administrative Director, Nursing Informatics, for Crozer-Keystone Health System. In this newly-created position, Turley will serve as an operational partner with leaders of clinical departments and Information Services to ensure that CKHS wisely incorporates emerging health information technologies into the clinical environment.
In this role, she is responsible for redesigning work processes to take advantage of technology solutions that create a safer, more efficient work environment for staff while optimizing the delivery of quality patient care. She is also responsible for ensuring that technology solutions comply with licensing and regulatory mandates. Her performance in this role is strengthened by the knowledge and leadership respect she gained while serving as a Nursing Services representative on multiple committees over the past 25 years, including Medical Records, Pharmacy and Therapeutics; and Safety.
In collaboration with IS directors, Turley is currently leading two major initiatives associated with the development of Crozer-Keystone’s Electronic Medical Records system. Medication Administration Check (MAK) will utilize bar code technology to ensure safe medication administration. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) will enable physicians and other care providers to enter patient care orders directly into the patient’s electronic medical record, eliminating potential errors caused by transcription and providing clinical decision support to care providers during the ordering process.
Fran Ancone, RN, has been appointed Director, Surgical Services, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. With 24 years of distinguished service at Crozer, Ancone previously served as staff nurse, charge nurse, shift manager and interim director of the Operating Room. Last month, she was certified as a laser safety officer by the Laser Institute of America. In this capacity, she is responsible for educating Crozer’s OR staff about laser safety, particularly the use of proper eye protection for the wavelength of the laser being used in surgery. Her vast OR experience and dedication will serve her well in her new appointment.