Our Leadership: Jane Mericle

Jane Mericle, DNP, MHS-CL, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing and Patient Operations Officer, Delaware Valley

Jane Mericle, DNP, MHS-CL, BSN, RN, CENP

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Patient Operations Officer, Nemours Children's Health


Jane M. Mericle, DNP,MHS-CL, BSN, RN, CENP, is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Chief Nursing Executive and Patient Operations Officer, Nemours Children’s Health. She is a member of the Executive Cabinet with dual reporting to Chief Operating Officer Mark Mumford and Nemours President and Chief Executive Officer R. Lawrence Moss, MD. Dr. Mericle serves as the senior nurse executive for Nemours Children’s Health. Leadership includes strategic planning and implementation, promotion of safe patient care practices and environments, ensuring evidence-based care delivery, benchmarked quality patient service and outcomes, continuous improvement, professional development and research. Dr. Mericle recently led Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley through Magnet redesignation.

Dr. Mericle brings more than 40 years of health care experience to her role and is certified in Executive Nursing Practice with expertise in clinical quality and patient safety, strategic planning, fiscal accountability, operational management, Magnet designation performance improvement, patient experience and interprofessional collaboration. She is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an executive leader for LEAN and she completed the Disparities Leadership Program sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital. She served on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Children’s Hospital Services in Missouri for six years and is now the president of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association for the Delaware Division, New Castle County.

Prior to joining Nemours, Dr. Mericle served as Associate Chief Nurse for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. She has received numerous professional awards during her career, including the very prestigious Founder’s Medal from Vanderbilt University, the North Carolina Great 100 Award and the Duke University Health System Meritorious Presidential Award. She has been a featured speaker at local, regional and national levels, including presentations at the National Teaching Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Nursing Management Congress and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality.

Dr. Mericle completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, earned her Master of Health Science in Clinical Leadership from Duke University School of Medicine and her BSN from Columbia University.