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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2

Profiles in Leadership - Coral Gables Hospital

Denise Hernandez-Figueroa, BSN, MS
Chief Nursing Officer
Denise Hernandez-Figueroa, BSN, MS, is the chief nursing officer at Coral Gables Hospital. In her role at Coral Gables Hospital, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the care and staffing of the hospital’s nursing units, and their daily operations, along with implementing quality initiatives. Hernandez-Figueroa’s experience includes being the Director of Emergency services at Palmetto General Hospital as well as being the Director of Emergency services at Coral Gables Hospital many years ago. In both these positions, she was accountable for the overall direction of the emergency departments. She has been instrumental in the implementation of numerous nursing, quality and patient safety initiatives, which led to the overall improvement at her organizations. Her focus is on the patient experience, quality of care, culture of safety and employee engagement. She has a BS in Nursing from Long Island University in Brooklyn New York, and she also has a Masters in Nursing Science from Long Island University. She is also a member of numerous professional organizations.
Ruth Diaz
Director of Clinical Quality Improvements
Ruth Diaz is the Director of Clinical Quality Improvements at Coral Gables Hospital. In her role, Diaz responsibilities include planning, developing and directing quality assurance policies programs and initiatives. Diaz is also responsible for hospital accreditations. She has a Bachelors of Nursing and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ruth is very dedicated to the community and she is part of many community service organizations. Diaz recently received the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
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