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As senior vice president and corporate chief nursing officer for Baylor Health Care System, Rosemary Luquire is responsible for overseeing both strategic and operational issues that impact nursing practice and patient care across 30 hospital facilities. Dr. Luquire has been fundamental in improving work conditions for nurses at Baylor and has advocated the same change for other hospitals nationwide. With her leadership, Baylor developed a Nurse Scholar Program and Executive Nurse Fellowship Program in collaboration with Southern Methodist University, to encourage higher education for nurses seeking management positions. With her support, Baylor implemented electronic budgeting and made improvements to staffing and scheduling systems. She also initiated a pay-for-performance program and embedded Magnet® goals into professional practice expectations, creating a Nursing Professional Practice Model.
Dr. Luquire came to Baylor from St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston where she served as senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief quality officer. In her 20 years at St. Luke’s, Dr. Luquire earned a reputation for research-based practice, minimal staff turnover and an unfailing commitment to cost-effective operations and patient care.
A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Luquire earned her Ph.D from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and her master’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT). Dr. Luquire holds joint faculty appointments at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, TWU and UT.
For most of her professional career, Dr. Luquire has been involved in leading and molding the Magnet Recognition Program of the ANCC in her capacity as a member of the Commission on Magnet from 2002-2010 and currently serves as vice president of the board of managers for the ANCC. Magnet is the foremost designation coveted by health care organizations around the world for recognition in quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Dr. Luquire’s contributions serving as a Magnet commissioner have been fundamental to the success of this program, which has experienced exponential growth under her leadership. Providing leadership in the development of the standards of evaluation for Magnet, Dr. Luquire is considered a leading expert on empirical outcomes and has the impressive ability to utilize data-driven principles to improve care for hospitals and health systems.
Dr. Luquire is also a member of several hospital boards and is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the national and local chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also chairs the Practice Team for the State of Texas Coalition addressing recommendations for the Future of Nursing from the Institute of Medicine.
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