Leslie Russell

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Leslie Russell, BS, BSN, MS

Leslie Russell, BS, BSN, MS, is Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President Patient Care at St. Anthony North Health Campus. Over her 10+ years at St. Anthony North, Leslie has held multiple clinical and leadership roles including Director of Perioperative Services, Director of Professional Development and Director of Service Excellence. Coupled with her passion for innovation, Leslie leverages her clinical, operational, analytical and business knowledge to facilitate strategic decisions across the St. Anthony North services areas and leads change initiatives across Centura Health’s six foundational pillars of finance, quality, people, service, community, and growth. Leslie has led award-winning initiatives at St. Anthony North including Planetree Hospital Gold designation, Primary Stroke Certification, Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact Silver designation and Baby Friendly Hospital USA designation.

Through her research, Leslie has represented St. Anthony North locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on several strategic projects. In 2010, Leslie received the Do No Harm Award from the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition and presented her research on safe patient handoffs to the National patient Safety Congress in Washington D.C.

Leslie holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado—one in Biology and the other in Nursing. In 2014, she completed her Masters of Science with an emphasis on Health and Wellness from the American College of Healthcare Science and currently is finishing her Masters of Business Administration with an expected completion date of December 2016.