Stephanie La Pierre joined Saint Francis Healthcare System in 2015, serving as the Chief Performance Improvement Officer for more than four years. She currently serves as Chief Nursing-Clinical Officer, responsible for all non-credentialed nursing staff at Saint Francis Medical Center and 47 physician practices. Her more than two decades assigned to the Air Force Medical Service has well-equipped her to lead the Healthcare System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this role, La Pierre is responsible for the standards of patient care and nursing practice and performance improvement throughout the Healthcare System. She provides administrative management over Surgical Services, Maternal Child Health and Medical/Surgical Services, Critical Care Services, Emergency and Trauma Services, Quality and Performance Improvement, Pharmacy Services and Training and Development. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she also leads Saint Francis Healthcare System through projects to advance patient care.
La Pierre has more than 20 years of combined nursing and executive-level experience. Prior to Saint Francis, she served as director of Quality and Performance Improvement for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, La Pierre has served our country for nearly 24 years and currently serves as the Commander of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass. Many of her years were spent in medical management roles in the United States Air Force in Arizona, Montana, Illinois and California. She has served as an intensive care staff nurse, nurse manager, operating room circulator, correctional nurse, public health nurse and quality director.