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Nursing Leadership

Melissa Kline joined The MetroHealth System in 1998. As Senior Vice President-System Chief Nurse Executive, she oversees nursing practice and policies, nursing education, nursing research, nursing recruitment, workplace safety, emergency preparedness, accreditation services, and patient experience and volunteer services. Dr. Kline also serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the MetroHealth campus and is the JoAnn Zlotnik Glick Professor of Community Health Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.  

Dr. Kline began her career at MetroHealth as a Clinical Nurse on the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit and then the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She has served in many leadership capacities including Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Director of Nurse Staffing Operations, Director of Nursing Operations and Professional Development, and Associate Chief Nursing Officer. In January 2016 she was named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. In January 2018 she was named Vice President - Patient Care Service and Chief Nursing Officer. In January 2019 she was named Senior Vice President - Patient Care Service and Chief Nursing Officer. She has served in her current role since January 2022. 

Dr. Kline is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership (OONL), The Greater Cleveland Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She currently serves as the Secretary for OONL. Dr. Kline also sits on the boards of The MetroHealth Foundation, Journey Center for Safety and Healing, and The Center for Health Affairs. Dr. Kline was appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® Commission on Magnet in 2017.

A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Dr. Kline was a 2016 nominee for the Ohio March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Nurse Leadership and was a 2016, 2017, and 2018 nominee for the Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership (OONL) Nursing Leadership Award.

Dr. Kline is an author and speaker on nursing leadership topics. She also has teaching experience at the doctoral level.

Education

DNP, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.

MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn.

BSN, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Denise Davis-Maludy joined The MetroHealth System in 2018. As Director of Nursing, Trauma, Burn and Critical Care, she is responsible for clinical operations throughout the intensive care and stepdown units. She also oversees the wound and ostomy care nurse (WOCN), rapid response and code blue teams. With a focus on excellence in nursing and patient care, Davis-Maludy is responsible for ensuring the highest quality clinical practice, promoting performance improvement and outstanding patient experience in critical care.

Davis-Maludy’s earlier experience at several other academic healthcare systems consists of nursing leadership positions with a focus on critical care. 

Davis-Maludy is a member of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Association (ANA), the Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Leaders (GCONL), the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Education

MBA, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio

BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

ADN, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Certification

Nurse Executive-Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center 

Alexandria Dillard joined The MetroHealth System in 2021. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations East, her areas of responsibility include nursing and site operations at MetroHealth’s Beachwood, Brecksville, Broadway, Gordon Square and Ohio City locations.

Dillard brings over 25 years of nursing experience, including 10 years as a nurse practitioner, to her role. Her clinical and leadership background covers inpatient and outpatient, as well as cardiac transplantation, advanced heart failure, and case management. Dillard is passionate about delivering excellent patient care, quality improvement and outcomes, responsible management of fiscal resources, and adherence to regulatory oversight.

Education

MBA, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.

MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

BSN, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Certification

Adult Health, Board Certified, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Executive, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator, American Board of Transplant Coordinators

Jill Evans joined The MetroHealth System in 2003. As Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Clinical Informatics, she serves as the strategic liaison for health information technology efforts across the organization representing nursing and clinician needs; develops clinical systems strategies to meet clinical and operational needs; develops the vision for clinical informatics; develops application implementation strategies; and leverages technology integration for clinicians to improve patient outcomes and operational excellence.

She leads a clinical informatics team to design and optimize systems design to meet the needs of a large group of inter-disciplinary end users, including physicians, nurses, ancillary, clinical and administrative staff. She also oversees the development and delivery of clinical information systems training programs for all clinical disciplines across the System.

Evans began her career at MetroHealth as a Clinical Nurse in the Emergency Department.  She has held many different nursing/nursing leadership roles during her career including Assistant Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Stepdown Unit, Manager, Nursing Informatics and Director, Clinical Informatics.

In 2021, Evans was named to her current position and has helped lead the System in the initial achievement of HIMSS Stage 7 EMRAM and O-EMRAM designations (2014) and both successful revalidations in 2017 and 2020.

Evans is member of American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), Ohio Chapter of ANIA, the Ohio Nursing Informatics Organization (ONIO) and a member of the Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS) and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee.

Education

MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn.

BSN, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.

Diploma, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center School of Nursing, Youngstown, Ohio 

Certification

Informatics Nursing - Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Jodi Finney joined The MetroHealth System in 2022. As Director of Nursing, Behavioral Health, she is responsible for the clinical operations throughout inpatient behavioral health at the MetroHealth Behavioral Health Hospital at Cleveland Heights. She has a passion for staff and patient safety and is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of through enhancing staff development and quality improvement initiatives.

Finney has 15 years of behavioral health experience. She started her career working with Autism Spectrum Disorder clients in the outpatient setting. When she became a nurse, she began working on a pediatric inpatient behavioral health unit. She served as a charge nurse, nurse manager and participated in the process of opening a free-standing behavioral health hospital. Prior to joining MetroHealth, she was Director of Behavioral Health Services for the adult population at an academic-based psychiatric care center. 

Finney is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Education

MSN, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

BSN, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

BA, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

Certification

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, National Association of Healthcare Quality

Greg Frazier joined The MetroHealth System in 2022. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations he is responsible for ensuring the highest quality clinical practice, operational efficiencies, fiscal oversight and outstanding patient experience for ambulatory services at the Main Campus.  

Frazier’s nursing experience includes critical care, Medical Office Director and other leadership positions.  In addition, he has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 29 years with several combat deployments as an Army Nurse. He currently holds the rank of Colonel.  

Education

MSS, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

MSN, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Ariz.

MBA, University of Phoenix, Tempe, Ariz.

BSN, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Karen Gates joined The MetroHealth System in 2015. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations, her area of responsibility includes nursing and site operations of the Parma Medical Center, Heart and Vascular Services, and Oncology/Infusion Care.

Dr. Gates has over 37 years nursing and leadership experience which includes Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Neurology and Emergency Services. She also has worked as a Nurse Educator and Associate Professor.

Dr. Gates ensures expert clinical operations, fiscal and resource management, quality-safety and performance improvement initiatives throughout her practice areas. Her focus is on excellent patient experience, and her passion is nursing excellence and evidence-based practice. 

Dr. Gates is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership (OONL), Greater Cleveland Organization for Nursing Leadership (GCONL), and Northeast Ohio League for Nursing. She is currently serving as the President of GCONL and is a board member of OONL. 

Dr. Gates is a 2021-2022 Nurse Director Fellow through the AONL.  She was the recipient of the 2013 Student Outstanding Systematic Review Award at Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing.

Education

DNP, Texas Christian University, Dallas/Fort Worth

MSN, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

BSN, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

ADN, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio

Certification

Nurse Executive – Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Kimberly Green, MSN, RN, C-EFM joined The MetroHealth System in 2015.  As the Director of Nursing for Women and Children’s Services and Rehabilitation she oversees nursing across Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, and the three Rehabilitation units at the Old Brooklyn Campus: Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury.  Green also serves as the Administrator for Nurse Family Partnership, a grant funded social program aimed at improving the health and wellbeing for moms and babies.

Green has been a nurse for over 25 years and has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles.  With the passion and focus on excellent customer service and outstanding clinical outcomes, Kimberly is responsible for clinical oversight, promoting the highest quality and performance improvement initiatives, management of fiscal resources, regulatory oversight and assuring a safe environment for patients and staff.

Green is a graduate of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Director Fellowship Program, and a member of several professional nursing organizations (local, state, and national levels).  She serves as an Executive Board Member for First Year Cleveland as well as the Community Advisory Board for Nurse Family Partnership.  In 2021, Kimberly was the recipient of a MetroHealth Women at Metro “Shero” award for outstanding achievements supporting women’s health and a finalist for the Ohio March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for leadership. 

Education

MSN, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.

BSN, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Certification

Certification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring, National Certification Corporation

Mark Kohler joined The MetroHealth System in 1998. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations West, his areas of responsibility include nursing and site operations at MetroHealth’s Brooklyn, Brunswick, Middleburg Heights, Medina, State Road Family Practice, Rocky River, Westlake and West Park locations.

Kohler brings over 24 years of nursing experience and has served as Clinical Leader, Practice Coordinator, Nurse Manager, and Site Operations Manager. His clinical and leadership background includes management of fiscal resources, quality and performance improvement initiatives, and regulatory oversight.

Education

MSN, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn.
BSN, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.

ADN, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio

Certification

Certified Nurse Manager Leader, American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Kimberlee Legarth joined The MetroHealth System in 2000.  As Director of Nursing, she is responsible for clinical operations throughout the Medical, Surgical and Psychiatric in-patient units at the main campus and Cleveland Heights and Parma locations.  Her dedication to exemplary customer service and positive patient outcomes commits her to ensure expert clinical practice, quality safety and performance improvement initiatives and promoting a safe environment for patients and staff.

Legarth began her nursing career at MetroHealth as a Licensed Practical Nurse on the Trauma Unit. She then pursued her Associate Degree in Nursing and began working as a Registered Nurse.  After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she transitioned into the role of Assistant Nurse Manger on the Trauma Unit and later advanced to the role of Nurse Manager of the Orthopedic Unit.  She was instrumental in implementing the inpatient unit at MetroHealth Parma Medical Center. In 2021 she was promoted to Director of Nursing.  

Legarth is a member of the Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Leaders (GCONL) as well as the National Association of Catholic Nurses (NACN-USA).  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, awarded a MetroHealth Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership, and has been a nominee for the Ohio March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award as a rising star and for leadership.

Education

MSN, Cleveland State University 

BSN, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

AD, Lorain Community College, Elyria, Ohio

LPN, Cleveland Central School of Practical Nursing

Certification

Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board

Julia joined The MetroHealth System in 2022 and brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to the organization. She oversees nursing and respiratory throughout the inpatient setting focused on patient and family centered care. Julia is responsible for clinical operations, fiscal and resource management, and nursing practice across the inpatient settings. She cultivates a positive working culture and mobilizes teams with integrity and compassion to elevate organization performance.

Julia practiced bed-side nursing for 20 years as a critical care nurse, followed by roles as supervisor, manager, and Chief Nursing Officer over the past 12 years. She is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership, The Greater Cleveland Association for Nursing Leadership, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 

Education

DNP completion spring 2022, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

MBA, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio

BSN, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Certification

Certified in Nursing Executive Practice, American Organization for Nursing Leadership Credentialing Center

Aisha Parnell joined The MetroHealth System in 2015. She was promoted to Director of Nursing for Correctional Medicine in 2021. In this role, she is responsible for leading a dedicated team of nurses, medical assistants, and paramedics to provide the highest quality of care to the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center.

Prior to becoming the Director of Nursing, Parnell worked as a clinical nurse, nursing supervisor, nurse manager and Associate Director of Nursing. Her other nursing experience includes hospice and palliative care. 

Parnell was instrumental in achieving National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation for the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center. She is passionate about the delivery of high-quality nursing care within the correctional setting and strives to impact recidivism one patient at a time.

Education

MSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.

BSN, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

ADN, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland

BA, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

Maria Podmore joined The MetroHealth System in 1990. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations, she is responsible for ensuring the highest quality clinical practice, operational efficiencies and outstanding patient experience for multiple ambulatory health centers. These health centers include Old Brooklyn, Lyndhurst and West 150th health centers and all Express Care centers.

Prior to joining MetroHealth, Podmore gained experience in critical care locally and as a traveling nurse. After returning to Cleveland, she was introduced to MetroHealth as an agency nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. This resulted in her joining the MetroHealth team in 1990 as a Clinical Nurse in the Emergency Department. Since that time, Podmore has worked as a Flight Nurse Specialist/Coordinator, Nurse Manager of Medical Surgical Stepdown Unit, Director of Clinical Operations in Medical Specialties, Ambulatory Clinical Efficiency Analyst, and Director of Ambulatory Clinical Operations.

Education

Masters of Public Administration, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
BSN, Bowling Green State University in consortium with Medical College of Ohio, Bowling Green/Toledo, Ohio

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Kathleen Rizer joined The MetroHealth System in 2012. As Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Network Operations, she is responsible for the clinical operations of procedural and outpatient areas. These areas include the outpatient operations at MH Cleveland Heights, Bedford, Buckeye, and Glenville, in addition to oversight of Invasive Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology Nursing. With the focus on excellent customer service and outstanding clinical outcomes, Rizer is responsible for clinical practice, management of fiscal resources, quality and performance improvement initiatives, regulatory oversight and insuring a safe environment for patients and staff.

Rizer previously served as Nurse Manager, Heart and Vascular Services at MetroHealth. Her prior experience and leadership roles at other healthcare systems include Nursing in Critical Care, Invasive Cardiology and Electrophysiology, and Executive Director of the Heart Lab at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown.

Rizer is a member of the American Association of Ambulatory Care Nurses and American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

Education

MSOL, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
BSN, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
Diploma in Nursing, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Youngstown, OH

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Dr. Wendy Sarver joined The MetroHealth System in 2009. As Director of Nursing Research, she provides oversight in the development, implementation and dissemination of nurse-led research and innovations throughout MetroHealth. Her responsibilities include mentoring nursing staff in all clinical departments on research design, data analysis and methods to address specific aspects of patient and organizational outcomes. Dr. Sarver serves as the Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board and as a member of Privacy Board at MetroHealth, while continuing to advance her own program of research in the areas of nurse education and hospital systems.

Prior to joining MetroHealth, Dr. Sarver worked as a clinical nurse in pediatrics and in adult cardiology, and as the coordinator for the Clinical Endpoints Committee in Phase III drug trials. While at MetroHealth, Dr. Sarver has worked as a Research Coordinator and Senior Nurse Researcher.

Dr. Sarver serves on the Board of the Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership (OONL) as the chair of the Evidence Based Practice Committee, presents research findings at national conferences and has many publications in peer-reviewed journals. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Golden Key International Honour Society, awarded the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AfterCollege Scholarship, a MetroHealth Nursing Excellence Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, and was appointed as an advisory committee member for American Nurses Association Barriers to RN Scope of Practice Issues Panel.

Education

PhD, Kent State University, Kent, OH

MSN, Kent State University, Kent, OH

RN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

BSC, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Regina Sawyer joined The MetroHealth System in 2021 as Associate Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Sawyer currently serves as Chief Nursing Officer for Ambulatory Services. In her role, she is responsible for clinical operations, fiscal and resource management, and nursing practice across the Ambulatory Network, encompassing 25 sites throughout Northeast Ohio. 

She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding nursing practice, evidence-based practice, and leadership. She has a passion for caring for the community, advancing clinical practice, and providing excellent customer experience.

Dr. Sawyer began her nursing education with a diploma from Meridia Huron School of Nursing and an associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Master of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College. She then returned to Capella University for her Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Throughout her nursing career, Dr. Sawyer has held various leadership positions within maternal child health, care management, and home health, and most recently Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, California.

Dr. Sawyer is a member of the American Nurses Association and is board certified in executive nursing leadership, nursing case management, and holds a certificate in population health management from the California Hospital Association.

Education

DNP, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

MSN, Ursuline College of Nursing, Pepper Pike, OH

BSN, Ursuline College of Nursing , Pepper Pike, OH

ADN, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

RN, Meridia Huron School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH  

Certification

Nurse Executive-Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Nursing Case Management Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Kelly Seabold joined The MetroHealth System in 2005. As Director, Regulatory Affairs & Nursing Excellence, she responsible for the oversight and strategic initiatives regarding accreditation and regulatory affairs; directs and integrates a culture of nursing excellence by developing and leading the annual planning process of the nursing strategic plan; identifying critical issues and strategic opportunities in nursing; and developing strategic recommendations to optimize growth and development of the nursing department. She also is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the Magnet designation process, promoting nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice, and professional development of nurses across the system.

Seabold began her career at MetroHealth as a Clinical Assistant in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  After obtaining her nursing degree, she transitioned first into a Clinical Nurse role on the unit before becoming Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Stepdown Unit. In 2013, Seabold became Magnet Program Manager and helped lead the system in achieving its third and fourth Magnet Designations.

Seabold is a member of American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), The Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Leaders (GCONL), and The Ohio Organization of Nurse Executive (OONL), where she serves as a member of the Evidence Based Practice Committee.

Seabold was honored in 2018 with the OONL Aspiring Nurse Leader Award and recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Forty Under 40 Honoree. 

Education

MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

BSN, Ohio University, Athens, OH

ADN, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH  

Certification

Nurse Executive-Advanced, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Nursing Professional Development Registered Nurse-Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified Professional in Heathcare Quality, National Association of Healthcare Quality

Debra Sparks joined The MetroHealth System in 2011. As Director of Regional Perioperative Services, she is responsible for the MetroHealth Main Campus and MetroHealth Parma Operating Room and PACU, MetroHealth’s Brecksville and W. 150th Street Surgery Centers, Pre-Surgical Evaluation, and the Central Sterile Processing Department.

Before joining MetroHealth, Sparks worked for 28 years in a post-anesthesia care unit, the operating room and as a nurse manager. 

Education

MSM, Indiana Weslyan University, Marion, IN

BSN, Indiana Weslyan University, Marion, IN

ADN, Indiana Central University (now known as University of Indianapolis), Indianapolis, IN

Certification

Certified Nurse Operating Room, The Competency and Credentialing Institution

Julie Tsirambidis joined The MetroHealth System in August 2021. As Director of Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Practice, she brings expertise in implementing initiatives for APPs such as integration into the medical staff, peer review, onboarding and orientation processes, quality metrics, and improved APP billing practices.

Dr. Tsirambidis previously served as Director of Advanced Practice and as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Akron Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, she held positions as a nurse practitioner in the cardiothoracic ICU, family health centers and gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic. She began her nursing career at Cleveland Clinic as a registered nurse in the cardiothoracic ICU.

Dr. Tsirambidis serves on the Board of Advisors for the Advanced Practice Provider Executives organization and is involved in the Ohio Organization for Advanced Practice Nurses. She is also the APP representative on the Ohio Hospital Association’s Clinical Advisory Committee.

Education

BSN, Kent State University

MSN (both pediatric and family nurse practitioner), Case Western Reserve University

DNP, Kent State University 

Certification

Family Medicine – Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Primary Care Pediatrics, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board