Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) today announced that Veronica Scott-Fulton DNP, MBA-c, MPH, BSN, BA, NEA-BC, has been named system chief nurse executive (CNE) for the organization, effective June 5. In this role, she will lead the Nursing strategy for the organization’s nearly 22,000 nurses working across the care continuum to ensure the highest standard for professional nursing practice and quality outcomes.
“As a mission-driven leader, Veronica Scott-Fulton is passionate about providing quality, compassionate care for marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities and populations, which will directly help to advance our Mission to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus and foster a nursing culture of excellence, growth and innovation,” said BSMH Chief Clinical Officer Wael Haidar, MD. “She will strive to ensure our organization is a place where nurses are recognized as thought leaders in the transformation of nursing practice, and work to help make BSMH a top destination for nursing talent.”
A proven nursing and health care leader with 32 years of experience, Scott-Fulton most recently served as chief nurse executive for Ascension Health’s Illinois market, overseeing the nursing strategy for 14 hospitals and 5,000 nurses.
In addition, she has served as executive director of Nursing Operations for Miami Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida; vice president of Operations and Patient Care Services for Baptist Health System’s Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida; and regional vice president of Patient Care Operations for Women & Children’s Services for HCA Healthcare. Scott-Fulton also served as the Wisconsin market chief nurse executive for SSM Health, a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
Active in her communities, Scott-Fulton has participated on numerous boards including High School to Medicine, which introduces minority students to medical professions, American Diabetes Association and National Birth Equity Collaborative, which advocates for change in Black maternal health and infant mortality. Recently, she completed a TEDx on “How social determinants of health impact health care.”
Scott-Fulton earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/psychology and a master’s in Public Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Clinical Operations from the University of Miami and received her business education in the Executive MBA program at the University of Florida.
She will work closely with Chief Nurse and Quality Officer Andrea Mazzoccoli, RN, PhD, as she transitions into her new role at BSMH. As announced in early March, Mazzoccoli will retire at the end of June after 15 years with the organization and a 40-year career in health care and nursing.