Recognized for her visionary, collaborative leadership in transforming health care in Delaware, Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, was inducted into the Delaware Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame of Delaware Women on March 22.
“Dr. Nevin exemplifies The Christiana Care Way and means it when she tells us, ‘We take care of people,’” wrote Christiana Care Board member Lolita Lopez, FACHE, a fellow Hall of Fame inductee and president and CEO of Westside Family Healthcare, in nominating Dr. Nevin for the Hall of Fame. “In a time of great uncertainty in health care, Dr. Nevin rises to the occasion with grace, resilience and a positive outlook. … She constantly assures those of us serving the people of Wilmington, ‘We will do what we always do.’”
Dr. Nevin is a family medicine physician and the first female CEO of Delaware’s largest health system and largest private employer. She continues to lead Christiana Care to regional and national prominence, including its ranking among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Recognized for her commitment to the community, Dr. Nevin is making a lasting impact on the health of Delawareans and the value of health care through pioneering programs such as Christiana Care’s CareVio, which coordinates care and addresses not only a patient’s medical needs but also the social and behavioral determinants of health, and Project Engage, a nationally recognized addiction recovery program at Christiana Care.
Joining Dr. Nevin as 2017 inductees honored by the Delaware Commission for Women in the Hall of Fame’s 36th year were retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger, State Representative Debra Heffernan and the late Kendall M. Wilson, who was honored posthumously for her contributions as a social activist and the first executive director of the Delaware chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I am most honored to be inducted with three difference-makers in Delaware,” said Dr. Nevin. “We are in esteemed company as we follow more than 140 of our ‘foremothers’ and ‘sisters’ into the Women’s Hall of Fame,” she said.
Christiana Care Board Chair Doneene Keemer Damon, Esq., described Dr. Nevin as “a servant leader and a visionary — the right leader at the right time. Her every effort is in service to the health of our community.”
In accepting the honor, Dr. Nevin encouraged her fellow female leaders to take care of themselves as they care for others.
“It’s easy for us as women to find ourselves at the bottom of our own to-do lists,” she said. “To accomplish anything, we need to take care of ourselves, too. Health has a lot to do with our individual and collective success. We know that the well-being of women can predict the well-being of a family and of a community. I applaud the Delaware Commission for Women for recognizing that and making women’s health a priority.”
Dr. Nevin was named among “Top Physician Leaders to Know” in 2015 and 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review. She serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Delaware and the Delaware Community Foundation, and is a member of the Delaware Public Policy Institute, Delaware Business Roundtable Executive Committee and Delaware Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. She is a founding member of the Wilmington Leaders Alliance and was named the 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay.
“Always, I am grateful for the camaraderie and support of the women in my life, for my role models, my colleagues and for upcoming generations, including my own daughters,” said Dr. Nevin. “They all teach me something every day.”