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Heart & Vascular CNO 

Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

President/Chief Nursing Officer

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital

Nancy Vish has been with Baylor Health Care System since 1996. She currently serves in the combined role of President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH). She is a member of the senior executive team and is responsible for all clinical areas.

Her main focuses as President and CNO are oversight of continued construction and upgrades as well as leading BHVH’s quality program to the top in the Baylor Health Care System. Vish has led the organization in attaining the VHA Clinical Excellence Award, TMF Clinical Excellence Award, the ANA Magnet Accreditation in 2007, AHA Gold Award for Secondary Guidelines and the AHA Fit and Friendly Award. BHVH was also selected by VHA for its blueprinting of the SCIP process.

Prior to becoming President and CNO in 2005, Vish was Vice President of Clinical Operations and CNO at BHVH from 2001 to 2005. In this role, she managed the clinical operations of BHVH as it opened in 2002. Vish was responsible for the overall management, policies, procedures and certifications for all clinical operations.

Vish began her Baylor career in 1996 as a program manager and director overseeing the Cardiac Cath Lab, EP/PM Lab, Coronary Care Unit and the Interventional Cardiology Unit at Baylor University Medical Center. She coordinated care provided by all members of the medical care team and ancillary departments and provided ongoing assessment and evaluation of patient care. She also provided direct patient care to critically ill adults and their families. Vish operated the budget for each of the units and directed and implemented cost-containment measures to assure the cost-effective operation of the units.

Before coming to Baylor, Vish worked various positions at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., including staff ICU nurse, nurse instructor of the education department and head nurse of the specialty care unit. She started her career at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and then in Trauma and Transplant. She also was a branch manager for the American Home Health Care of Georgia, Inc. in Dothan, Ala.

In 2004, Vish was recognized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and Texas Nurses Association District 4 as one of the Great 100 Nurses. Vish currently is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Vascular Nurses Society, American Nurses Organization, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She has also been published in the American Journal of Cardiology and the American Journal of Operating Room Nurses and has delivered numerous presentations.

Vish received her bachelor’s in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa. She returned to school to receive her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Vish then continued her education by receiving her doctorate at Texas Women’s University.