St. David's HealthCare
May 03, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s Medical Center has named Lynn O’Neill, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-B.C., F.A.C.H.E., as its new chief nursing officer. In this role, O’Neill will provide executive leadership to the nursing team at St. David’s Medical Center. She will assume her position on May 15, 2017.

“With more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, I am confident Lynn will play a key role in maintaining the highest standard of care for our patients,” Don Wilkerson, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “I am pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to joining St. David’s Medical Center, O’Neill served as vice president and chief nursing officer of Medical City Fort Worth (formerly Plaza Medical Center)—a 320-bed hospital that is part of Medical City Healthcare. In that role, O’Neill had operational, financial and administrative responsibilities, including the oversight of inpatient nursing operations, pharmacy, lab, acute therapies, respiratory therapy, education, quality, volunteers and the outpatient transplant clinic. While at Medical City Fort Worth, she was instrumental in helping the hospital improve its quality scores, reduce nurse turnover rates and increase physician satisfaction with nursing care.

Prior to her time in Fort Worth, O’Neill spent nearly 10 years serving as vice president and chief nursing officer for Medical Center of Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas, which is also part of Medical City Healthcare. During her tenure with Medical City Healthcare, spanning more than a decade, she received numerous awards and recognitions, and she championed several successful quality initiatives. O’Neill previously served as the executive director of nursing for pediatrics at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

O’Neill earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University in Hammond, Indiana, and she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business in Orland Park, Illinois. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an Advanced Board Certified Nurse Executive.

O’Neill will replace Sheila Fata, who was recently appointed to the role of chief nursing executive for St. David’s HealthCare.

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Located in central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was recently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by earning a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system, and it was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2010 to 2017. Truven also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2016, and it received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades for the sixth consecutive year, as well as Healthgrades’ 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for the third consecutive year.