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Baylor's System CNO 

Rosemary Luquire, RN, Ph.D.; NEA-BC, FAAN

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Health Care System

Dr. Rosemary Luquire began her career as Baylor Health Care System’s chief nursing officer in January 2007. Luquire is a member of the senior executive team, representing nursing across the system with a focus on both strategy and operations. She provides clinical leadership in support of knowledge acquisition and uptake by nursing staff with an emphasis on patient safety, quality initiatives and workforce development.

A major part of her role is to involve nurses in decision making pertaining to work design and work flow. Her goal at Baylor is to include nursing input as we advance the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient-centered care across Baylor Health Care System.

Luquire came to Baylor from St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Care System in Houston, where she most recently served as senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief quality officer. She was responsible for overseeing the health care system’s professional nursing practice and the quality improvement program. In her 20 years at St. Luke’s, Luquire earned a reputation for research-based practice, minimal staff turnover and an unfailing commitment to cost-effective operations and patient care. 

In 1991, Luquire spearheaded the development of outcomes management, which focused on measurement with an emphasis to improve patient and institutional outcomes. The outcomes management movement was the precursor to the current phase of evidence-based practice. The outcomes management program contributed to creating an environment in which nurses want to practice, and research has shown that such an environment improves outcomes. It was through this program and other initiatives under Luquire that St. Luke’s became the first Magnet-designated hospital in Texas and the first in the Southwestern United States. In 2006, she successfully led St. Luke’s patient care staff through the rigorous Magnet reapplication process.

A graduate of Emory University, she earned her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Luquire holds joint faculty appointments at both TWU and UT. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a commissioner for the Magnet Commission in Washington, D.C., 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. In 2006, Luquire was the David J. Fine Distinguished Lecturer at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

Luquire has been named as an outstanding alumna from both TWU and UT. Additionally, she applied evidence-based practices that are recognized as best practices by Joint Commission and collaborated with local community organizations to increase enrollment 30 percent at nursing schools over a five-year period.