Dana Nicholson Bledsoe, FACHE, MBA, serves Nemours as President of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City. She assumed leadership of the 100-bed academic medical center in August 2015 and is focused on building and expanding world-class programs at Nemours to provide the best possible care for the most-complex pediatric cases.
Prior to joining Nemours, Bledsoe served as President of the 174-bed Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla., from 2011 to 2013. More recently she helped Nemours develop strategic plans to guide the health system’s operations in both North and Central Florida.
Bledsoe served as vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, a 238-bed facility in California where she led their Magnet Designation in 2008. Earlier in her career, Bledsoe held nursing leadership roles at Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital, Denver.
Bledsoe holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Loretto Heights College (now Regis University) in Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.