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Kent Welcomes New Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Kent Hospital is pleased to welcome Rebecca L. Burke, RN, MS, NEA-BC, to the position of senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Kent Hospital. Burke comes to Kent from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, where she served as senior vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer for three years. She replaces Rene Fischer who is retiring.


Prior to moving to Hartford, Burke served as senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI, from 2009-2010 and senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer from 1999-2010. Burke served as the director of inpatient and emergency nursing services, and ambulatory services at Lifespan Academic Medical Center for ten years. Burke also served as a nurse manager at Lifespan, where she implemented and managed their cardiovascular telemetry unit.


“I am very excited to welcome Rebecca to Care New England and Kent Hospital to lead patient care services and the nursing staff at Kent,” said Sandra L. Coletta, COO Care New England, president and CEO of Kent Hospital. “I am confident Rebecca’s administrative experience as well as her clinical knowledge and expertise will be a great asset and will further advance the many services we offer to the patients of our community.”


To date, Burke has provided executive oversight, vision, direction, operational leadership and strategic planning for a variety of hospital programs and services. Her nursing responsibilities have included inpatient, surgical services, emergency, interventional radiology, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women and children, ambulatory care and endoscopy. Burke’s clinical responsibilities have included pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, infection control, case management, risk management, quality and patient safety, data management and performance improvement. Burke has also developed, managed and evaluated multi-million dollar budgets for several large healthcare organizations.


Burke completed a patient safety executive program at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Boston, MA and a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellows Program at The University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Master of Science in Nursing Administration. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.


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