Cynthia Danner, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Danner’s more than 20 years of leadership experience in teaching and academic medical centers includes serving as interim chief nursing officer for Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Braselton, and a decade as nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Florida, where she was one of five members of the steering committee that guided the effort to achieve Magnet designation in 2015.
Dr. Danner earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, followed by a master of science in nursing at University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Florida. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from University of North Florida, Jacksonville.
Dr. Danner joined Rhode Island Hospital from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), a Level II trauma center and the 600-bed flagship hospital for the Northeast Georgia Health System. As associate chief nursing officer, she was responsible for acute care services, trauma, mother/baby, pediatrics, intermediate care, and ambulatory care. Among her other accomplishments at NGMC was championing an initiative to create an Endocrinology Center of Excellence to provide comprehensive diabetic care, serving on a task force charged with developing a strategic plan for a comprehensive neurosciences program, and spearheading a system-wide initiative to improve patient experience and nurse communication.
She is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau, and sits on the Medical Advisory Board of Sharps Technology Inc.