Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center appoints chief nursing officer

Sheila Collier was named the chief nursing officer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Collier is responsible for all aspects of the Nursing Division, including the operational clinical practice, education and research delivered through nursing clinical services and the more than 1,100 nurses employed by CBMC, located in Livingston.

“Shelia is an admired and trusted leader who works collaboratively to achieve goals and implement her vision,” says Nancy Holecek, executive vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer, RWJBarnabas Health.

Passionate about professional growth and interprofessional collaboration, Collier has mentored numerous nurses who have transitioned into leaders within the organization. She leads by example to build trusted physician relationships and develop strong collaborations across all disciplines.

“Sheila has an unwavering commitment to excellence. Under her leadership, CBMC will continue delivering compassionate, safe and high-quality care to our patients and the community,” says Richard Davis, CEO and president, CBMC. “A role model for all, Sheila is an advocate for nurses continually encouraging their professional development and growth. Looking forward to the future, I am confident that she will lead our Magnet-recognized nursing team to even greater success.”

Collier received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island. To enhance her expertise, she completed a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in executive leadership from Felician University. She also holds a specialty certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing.

With over 30 years of experience within the Maternal Child Division at CBMC, she has grown the service line by 2% year over year and has implemented several cost-saving initiatives. She is accomplished in establishing new departments and facilities from the ground up and assembling, managing, and mentoring high-performance teams.