Since August 2015, Dana Nicholson Bledsoe has led Nemours Children’s Hospital, a 100-bed 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 have helped Nemours develop strategic plans to guide the health system’s operations in Florida. A practicing clinician for many years, Bledsoe redirected her career to bring her clinical expertise to health administration; she’s been recognized by regional and national entities for her sustained leadership. Prior to Nemours, she served as president of Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of the Sacred Heart Health System, in Pensacola, Fla. She also held the roles of vice president of patient care services (including ambulatory services – specialty and primary care practices) and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California where she led their Nursing 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.
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 College (now Regis University). Bledsoe became a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2014.
As president of Nemours Children’s Hospital, Bledsoe is focused on growing the world-class programs that provide care for the tiniest and most complex pediatric patients. She is also responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the hospital, which was recognized in 2016 as one of nine top children’s hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group. Bledsoe also supports the health of children of Central Florida by providing guidance to charities and economic development organizations, including serving on the board of directors at Give Kids The World Village and the Orlando Economic Partnership. In addition, she is a trustee with the Florida Hospital Association, and actively engaged as a member with both the Medical City Leadership Council and Chairman’s Circle with Lake Nona’s Impact Forum.