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March 20, 1998
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Johns Hopkins Hospital Appoints Karen Haller VP of Nursing, Patient Care

Karen B. Haller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., will start her new position as vice president for nursing and patient care services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, March 25. As the 10th vice president for nursing in the hospital's history, she will take on a position expanded to include oversight of multiple operations focusing on patient care.

In addition to nursing, units reporting to Haller will include social work, patient relations and performance improvement/utilization management. Consolidating these three components into a new patient care delivery model was recommended by a reengineering task force to improve patient care by using Hopkins' resources in the most effective way.

In appointing Haller to her new job, Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson and Judy A. Reitz, Sc.D., the Hospital's senior vice president for operations, pointed to her distinguished record in research, teaching, patient care and nursing leadership.

Haller, a resident of Cockeysville, Md., came to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1988 as director of nursing for research and education, served as acting vice president for nursing from 1992 to 1993, and has been director of nursing for the Department of Medicine since July 1993. She has been an associate professor at The JHU School of Nursing since 1989. She will continue to hold her position as director of Nursing for Medicine and her academic rank in the School of Nursing and also will serve on the governing board for the Institute of Johns Hopkins Nursing with Sue K. Donaldson, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., dean of the School of Nursing.

Haller earned all of her degrees -- bachelor of science and master of science in nursing, master of public health and doctor of philosophy in nursing -- at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She was a staff nurse at University of Michigan Hospitals and held faculty positions at the schools of nursing of the University of Michigan and Loyola University of Chicago.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Haller has won numerous grants and fellowships from the NIH's National Institute for Nursing Research and the State of Maryland's Health Services Cost Review Commission. She has served as editor of the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing since 1991 and is the author of numerous books and articles. She succeeds Maryann Fralic.

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