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Claudia S. Wilder is vice president and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, the flagship hospital of Baylor Health Care System. She is responsible for the delivery and management of nursing practice, professional development, nursing research, administration and nursing services for BUMC’s 1,800-member nursing staff. As vice president, she works with other leaders of the hospital to develop policies and practices that allow the hospital to meet its goals and mission.
Wilder is a seasoned, visionary health care leader, with more than 25 years of experience in nursing. She joined Baylor in December 2007 from Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she spent the majority of her career. Riverside is part of the OhioHealth system, which was named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2007 and 2008.
In 2007 she was interim CNO at Riverside, directing the nursing practice for the 1,092-bed hospital. From 2005 until 2007, Wilder was director of nursing for Critical Care and Neuroscience/Orthopaedic Services at Riverside, leading nine inpatient units.
While there, she played an active role in helping Riverside achieve Magnet status. Also, under her leadership, Riverside increased the regional growth of its neuroscience service line and improved patient satisfaction rates in its neuroscience and medical telemetry units.
From 2004 to 2005, she was executive director of nursing at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. In that role, she managed all operations in neuroscience, orthopaedic/trauma, oncology, medical, rehabilitation and ambulatory care units, as well as the Level 1 trauma center. Under her direction, the hospital’s medical-surgical RN vacancy rates fell from 38% to 12% and patient satisfaction scores on five patient units increased to the 86.5% goal.
From 1986 to 2003 Wilder was director of nursing for several service lines for Riverside Hospital and Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, also part of the OhioHealth system. She began her nursing career at Riverside in 1977 as a staff nurse in pulmonary. She also was a nurse manager and associate nurse manager at Riverside.
Wilder earned her diploma from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo., and her bachelor of science in nursing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She holds a master of science in nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
She’s a member of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing society; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; American Association of Critical Care Nurses; the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Ohio Nurses Association.
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