Dana Bledsoe, DHA, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE is a highly accomplished visionary executive with years of diverse healthcare experiences with forward leading healthcare organizations and systems. She has a proven track record of blending long range strategy with creative problem solving. Veteran strategic leader with exceptional operations experience throughout the care continuum, including primary and specialty care in hyper competitive markets.
Expertise partnering with medical staff leading to programmatic innovations, top-tier outcomes and operational alignment with physicians. Known as an inspirational leader committed to developing high performing teams, mentoring, and nurturing organizational culture. Respected for community leadership, advocacy for children, and philanthropic successes.
Dana most recently, led Nemours Children’s Hospital, an academic health campus located in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City, while also serving as an enterprise vice president within Nemours Children’s Health System. Particularly, her efforts helped Nemours develop strategic and master facility plans, as well as program development to grow the health system’s operations in Florida. Previously, she served as president of Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of Ascension Sacred Heart Health System, in Pensacola, Fla. and vice president of patient care services (including executive for ambulatory services) and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California.
In 2018, Bledsoe earned her doctorate of executive health administration (DHA) with first honor from the Medical University of South Carolina and was recognized as the 2018 DHA Outstanding Student and with the Dean’s award. She obtained her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Colorado at Denver, a master’s in nursing administration at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her nursing degree at Loretto Heights School of Nursing Regis University. Bledsoe became an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow in 2014.
Bledsoe also supports the health of children by providing guidance to charities and economic development organizations, including service on board of directors. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Legacy Chairman’s Circle Award by the American Heart Association, Greater Orlando. Currently, she serves on the national Women in Healthcare Board of Directors and chairs the national Mentorship Committee and on the Strategic Advisory Board for Andor Health.
Dana has pivoted her commitment to seamless patient and family-centered care from brick and mortar health operations to digital models for the prevention and treatment of disease.