McPherson adds chief operating officer to role at Mountainside Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center recently named Valarie McPherson its chief nursing officer/chief operating officer. McPherson joined the facility as its chief nursing officer in 2021.

With her extensive experience and exceptional leadership skills, McPherson will be instrumental in bridging the gap between clinical and nonclinical operations, driving improvements and enhancing patient care at the medical center.

McPherson has made a significant impact on the hospital since she came onboard. Her contributions have led to notable positive changes, including the achievement of the hospital’s Spring 2023 Leapfrog “A” rating, improvements in patient throughput, increased volume and the development of policies and procedures to support strategic growth initiatives.

“Val’s exceptional fit for this position stems from her extensive experience, expertise and deep understanding of both clinical and nonclinical operations,” Tim O’Brien, CEO of Mountainside Medical Center, said. “With her remarkable qualifications and dedication to delivering exceptional health care, Val will undoubtedly steer Mountainside Medical Center towards new heights of excellence and patient-centered care.”

McPherson’s educational background is marked by her commitment to excellence. She earned her master’s degrees in nursing and business from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix. Recently, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Azuza Pacific University in Azusa, California. McPherson also maintains her nurse executive advanced-board certification from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

“I am honored and humbled to step into this new role and continue to contribute to the nursing and interdisciplinary excellence that has made Mountainside Medical Center a health care leader in New Jersey,” McPherson said. “It is a privilege to work alongside our incredible health care providers who are dedicated to excellent-quality care delivered in a compassionate and safe environment for our patients, their families and communities we serve.”