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COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Part 2

This is the second in a series of virtual Town Halls for neonatal and perinatal nurse leaders and their staff. The panel of experts will discuss their experiences, the current state in their hospitals and communities and shared perspectives on where they hope to end up. This Town Hall will address the current financial impact on hospitals focusing on budget and staff reductions and will offer ideas on how to maintain strong clinical outcomes and staff morale as we prepare for what comes next.


Pattie Bondurant, DNP, RN

Chief Transformation & Quality Officer, Transform Healthcare Consulting LLC

Pattie Bondurant has over 25 years of clinical and healthcare experience. Dr. Bondurant is trusted by her colleagues for her unrivaled expertise in healthcare management, neonatal and pediatric nursing, and quality improvement. Her work regionally and nationally has resulted in improved care and outcomes for neonates, children and adults.

After earning her BSN in Nursing from Skidmore College, Dr. Bondurant went on to receive her MN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics from the University of Washington School of Nursing, and ultimately her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Nurse Executive and Systems Leadership from the Waynesburg University School of Nursing.

Pattie spent several years in nurse leadership roles at top tier pediatric hospitals. Currently, Pattie is the co-founder and Chief Transformation and Quality Officer of TransForm Healthcare Consulting, LLC. The company’s focus is on working with hospitals and health systems to develop quality strategies and architect the successful implementation of Quality & Safety programs. Pattie remains clinically active as a consultant to NICUs around the country. Through her leadership, she has been a key stakeholder and nursing lead in the development and implementation of the American Academy of Pediatrics NICU Levels of Care Verification Program. Currently Pattie has assumed an interim role as the Chief Quality & Safety Officer of the University of Kentucky Heath Care. Additionally, Dr. Bondurant has published numerous articles on nursing leadership and quality improvement, has won numerous awards for her work and is a sought-after speaker on quality improvement and leadership in healthcare. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she enjoys skiing, sailing, biking, and is an avid reader in her spare time.

Jodi Coombs, MBA, BSN, RN

Executive Vice President & COO Children's Mercy Hospital

Jodi Coombs has been a nurse for 25 years and has worked in several prestigious organizations such as Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where she was the Director of Cardiovascular Nursing; Boston Children’s as the Director of Cardiovascular Nursing; Oregon Health and Science University as the VP of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health, Tufts Medical Center as the SVP of the Floating Hospital for Children and Women’s Health and now newly appointed to the COO role at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, MO.
Jodi’s passion is around patient safety and creating highly reliable processes around daily operations which include teaching leaders about their budgets and how to bring together the clinical and financial aspects that help set leaders up for success.

Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

CEO & Chief Clinical Officer Inspire Nurse Leaders

Dr. Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC is CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Inspire Nurse Leaders TM  specializes in educating and growing nurse leaders to become their best enabling them to achieve great outcomes for themselves, their patients, and teams.

For over 25 years, Dr. Armstrong has held executive level and senior leadership roles at top hospitals including Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s.  Academically Lori earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice- Executive Leadership @ Drexel University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program.  Lori serves on several national boards and is the recipient of multiple awards including Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction and the Jennifer L Howse Leadership Award. 

Most recently her passion for the link between nursing leadership and patient/staff outcomes led Lori to create The Nurse Leader Academy (NLA).  The NLA is a uniquely designed nurse leadership development curriculum helping nurse leaders achieve top decile performance.  Lori’s expertise, humor and contagious energy make her a sought-after speaker, teacher, and coach.

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP

CEO & Founder, Healthy Workforce Institute

As an international speaker and consultant Dr. Renee Thompson tackles the professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today. With 29 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is a thought leader on creating a healthy workforce by eradicating workplace bullying and incivility. She is in demand as a keynote speaker, hosts an award winning blog, has won numerous awards, and is the author of several popular books on bullying and professional development. 

Dr. Renee Thompson is the CEO & Founder of the Healthy Workforce Institute and works with healthcare organizations to cultivate a professional workforce by addressing workplace bullying and incivility. Renee is one of only 26 nurses in the world who have achieved the prestigious certified speaking professional designation and in 2018 was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Voices in Healthcare for her contribution to their global online healthcare community.

Nicole Dixon, MSN, RN, RNC-LRN

Nurse Manager of Maternity Services & NICU, Atrium Health University City

Nicole Dixon, MSN, RN, RNC-LRN is the Nurse Manager for Maternity Services and NICU at Atrium Health University City in Charlotte, NC. During her 20 year nursing career she has functioned in various roles in the Pediatric and NICU settings; bedside nurse, staff development, Clinical Instructor, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Nurse Manager and Nurse Manager. She is an active member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, participating on the Professional Development and Awards Committees. In addition, she participated in the 2018-2019 NANN/Synova Emerging Leader Fellowship and currently serves as the Director of the second year fellows aka SELFs. Nursing education, mentoring, and leadership development are areas she is passionate about.

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Unmasking COVID-19: A second virtual Town Hall meeting to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on the neonatal and perinatal communities
07/22/2020 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/22/2020 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes This is the second in a series of virtual Town Halls for neonatal and perinatal nurse leaders and their staff. The panel of experts will discuss their experiences, the current state in their hospitals and communities and shared perspectives on where they hope to end up. This Town Hall will address the current financial impact on hospitals focusing on budget and staff reductions and will offer ideas on how to maintain strong clinical outcomes and staff morale as we prepare for what comes next.