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ChristianaCare Announces Leadership Changes to Support Strategic Goals

To advance its vision of creating health together so that every person can flourish, ChristianaCare announces the following leadership changes:

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Michelle Collins, DNP, APRN, CNS, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, LSSBB, has been appointed vice president, Nursing Excellence & Magnet Designation. She provides leadership in the strategy, development and implementation of the nursing strategic plan. She was previously director, Nursing Professional Excellence/Magnet Recognition.

Don DiGiovanni has been appointed vice president of Human Resources (HR) Shared Services. DiGiovanni is responsible for the Shared Services Technology, Caregiver Onboarding, HR Transactions and Caregiver Service Center teams. He previously was corporate director of Information Services leading the ServiceNow strategy to deploy the platform across the organization.

Kristen C. Foulk, MSN, MS, RN, PCCN-K, NE-BC, has been appointed vice president of Patient Care Services, Neurosciences, Surgical Services, Trauma Program, Hemodialysis and Vascular Access/Infusion Services at ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus. She provides overall organizational leadership for clinical operations, performance improvement and financial performance. She previously served as interim vice president of the department.

Jason Funyak has been named vice president, Support Services. He oversees Environmental Services, Patient Escort, Food and Nutrition Services and Textile Services. He previously served as director of Environmental Services and Patient Escort at ChristianaCare.

Susan Mascioli, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, LSSBB, has been named vice president, Nursing Quality and Safety. She provides leadership and strategic direction for quality and patient safety within the Department of Nursing and systemwide to support a culture of safety and improved outcomes. She previously served as director of Nursing Quality and Safety in the Department of Nursing.

Sean Nolan, MBA/MHA, has been appointed vice president, Emergency Services Operations. He provides operational leadership for the emergency departments and focuses on developing, defining, planning and managing services that enable the efficient operations of Emergency Services. He previously served as Operations Officer for ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus.

Jacqueline Ortiz, M. Phil., has been appointed vice president for Heath Equity and Cultural Competence. She is responsible for implementing a comprehensive health equity strategy aligned with overall organizational goals. She previously served as director for Health Equity and Cultural Competence at ChristianaCare.

Allen D. Smith, MSN, MSM, RN, CCNS-BC, has joined ChristianaCare as vice president, Patient Care Services, Heart & Vascular Services. He provides overall organizational leadership for clinical operations, performance improvement and financial performance for the heart and vascular patient care units along with interventional services, the Vascular Access Team and Ambulatory Infusion Centers for both Newark and the Wilmington campuses. Smith previously served as a chief nursing officer in a hospital/ambulatory clinic setting serving the Native American population at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.