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Kernan Hospital Announces Appointment of Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Cheryl D. Lee to take VP/CNO post.

Cheryl D. Lee, RN, MSN, CRRN

Baltimore, MD (October 12, 2012) - Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore, the largest provider of rehabilitation care in Maryland, has announced the appointment of Cheryl D. Lee, RN, MSN, CRRN, as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Her selection is the result of local and national searches.

“We are proud to welcome Cheryl Lee to Kernan Hospital, where she will provide leadership in nursing and therapy, as well as partner with other University of Maryland Medical System leaders,” says Michael R. Jablonover, MD, MBA, FACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kernan. “We are fortunate to have her join our Executive Leadership Team.”

Lee will begin her new role at Kernan November 1. She has over 33 years of nursing experience, including 16 years in nursing leadership roles. Lee has three years of experience as a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyor, and has been the Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive/Compliance Officer of Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Hospital in Mechanicsville, Virginia, since 2003.

Lee completed both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. She is a Certified Rehabilitation RN, and currently serves within the Healthcare Compliance Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, Central Virginia Healthcare Executive Group, Virginia Rehab Administrators, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Association of Rehabilitation Nursing.

In her role at Kernan, Lee will serve as leader of Patient Care Services as well as Patient Safety Officer for the hospital. She will be instrumental in enhancing the multi-disciplinary focus of Kernan and the hospital's rehabilitation service delivery, and will play a major role in the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Institute's (UMRI) success. She will provide service excellence leadership and have primary responsibility for enhancing clinical services as Kernan becomes a regional destination.

About Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
A 144-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic specialty hospital, Kernan is a leader in the treatment of musculoskeletal disease, joint replacements and care of sports injuries; neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries; scoliosis; plastic surgery; and dental surgery for adults and children. Kernan's William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center provides the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders. Kernan is also the home of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.