Indiana Wesleyan University alum to reinvigorate patient care services at nationally ranked pediatric hospital
Detroit, Mich., December 23, 2011 – Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and ranked among America’s best 50 in U.S. News Media Group’s 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals survey, has appointed Damita J. Williams MSN, MA, RN, CPN, NE-BC, as its new vice president of Patient Care Services. In this role, Williams will manage operations and clinical services, guide various improvement projects and educational initiatives for nursing, allied health and support staff, while assuring high quality for patients and families.
Prior to joining the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Williams served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Indiana University Health North Hospital in Carmel, IN.
“Ms. Williams is an outstanding leader who motivates and inspires those who work with her, says Herman Gray, MD, president, Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “We are pleased that she has joined our leadership team and our continued efforts to provide exceptional care to patients and families.”
Williams received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She holds advanced degrees in nursing administration from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, and advanced leadership studies from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, where she is completing her doctorate in organizational leadership. Williams is also a certified pediatric nurse and a board certified nurse executive.
Williams is an active member of several organizations including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, where she has served on the 2011 Diversity Advisory Council, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
For 125 years the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the first and most experienced hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America’s best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center. The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.