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St. David’s HealthCare Announces Chief Nursing Executive

St. David's HealthCare April 17, 2017

Sheila Fata

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare has named Sheila Fata, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-B.C., as chief nursing executive for the seven-hospital healthcare system. In this role, Fata will be responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction of nursing practices and nursing operations.

“With more than 30 years of healthcare experience and proven leadership skills, Sheila will play a key role in advancing the level of care provided by our exceptional team of nurses,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “I am confident the addition of Sheila to our executive team will have a positive impact on our patients.”

Most recently, Fata served as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Medical Center for nearly two years. During her tenure, she reorganized and re-energized key nursing structures and successfully enhanced best practices to improve the overall patient experience.

Before joining St. David’s HealthCare, Fata was vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, a 287-bed tertiary care hospital. Her responsibilities included line authority for nursing and clinical operations, with supervision of more than 1,100 employees. She also provided clinical oversight of a $250-million facility expansion and managed the onboarding of more than 400 clinical staff members. Fata facilitated the initiation of multiple new inpatient service lines, including cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, bariatrics and robotic surgery, among others.

Fata was named Outstanding Nurse for 2014 by Texas Nurses Association District 9, and under her leadership, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital attained Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Prior to her role with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Fata was system chief of nursing support services at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. There, she worked with the chief nursing officers and system executives to implement strategies aimed at improving nursing infrastructure and patient care outcomes for the 11-hospital system with sites dispersed across the greater Houston region. In that role, Fata led the development of system-wide clinical policies and procedures; facilitated multiple system-wide clinical councils working to adopt best practices; served as a key clinical executive in the oversight, optimization and adoption of the electronic medical record; and facilitated the development of a system-wide clinical orientation program as well as a nursing leadership program.

Fata also held a variety of other executive and managerial roles at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston; CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy; Park Plaza Hospital in Houston; MD Anderson Cancer Center, also in Houston; and at Whittaker Health Corporation of America in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

Fata earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She went on to earn her Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She currently serves on the Texas Hospital Association’s Council on Policy Development, and she is a member of the Central Texas Organization for Nurse Executives and Healthcare Workforce Alliance board of directors. She also serves on the membership committee for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

Fata is board certified as an advanced nurse executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

St. David’s HealthCare

With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.

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