Yale New Haven Health names inaugural chief nursing executive

NEW HAVEN — Yale New Haven Health named Beth P. Beckman the inaugural chief nursing executive for the health system, according to a release.

“Beckman will be responsible for developing and overseeing the system-wide integration plan for key components of nursing, including nursing practice, staffing, education/development and communication. Under her leadership, YNHHS will establish a signature standard of nursing care focused on patient-centered clinical excellence,” the release said.

“Yale New Haven Health is very excited to add Beth Beckman as our chief nursing executive,” said Richard D’Aquila, president of Yale New Haven Health and Yale New Haven Hospital, also in the release. “As a destination health system, her outstanding track record, list of accomplishments and commitment to nursing excellence and patient care will enhance nursing and the patient experience across all of our delivery networks.”

Beckman previously served as vice president and chief nursing officer of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, having joined the BUMC leadership team as CNO in 2016, the release said. She also served at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Grapevine since 2008, including in a dual role as CNO and chief operating officer, the release said. “Under her skillful leadership, both BUMC and Grapevine achieved major milestones in patient safety, clinical outcomes, patient experience and nursing practice. Beckman led the extensive efforts that resulted in BUMC being re-designated as a Magnet Hospital for the fourth time in May 2018. In her role at Baylor, she was instrumental in working with multidisciplinary teams to drive clinical transformation and coordination, leading to improved patient care outcomes and hospital operations.”

Beckman earned her doctor of nursing science degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner track at Arizona State University and bachelor of science in nursing from University of Arizona, the release said.

Beckman will work closely with local delivery network presidents, CNOs, Nursing vice presidents and chief medical officers to successfully realize the integrated System nursing vision. She will also be concurrently appointed as the associate dean for partnerships for the Yale School of Nursing.”

Beckman will be relocating to New Haven with her husband and has grown children in Arizona and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Yale New Haven Health includes Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with community-based and hospital-employed physicians, the release said.