NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University nursing graduate Elizabeth Cadigan, RN, MSN, has been appointed senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated public healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s Metro-North region.
Cadigan previously served for nine years as the vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Quincy Medical Center. In this role, she provided oversight for numerous clinical services including nursing, emergency services, ambulatory operations, and infection control.
She also led and achieved the first national accreditation of the hospital’s Cancer Care Program, fostered the development of a Regional Staff Nurse Council, managed multiple successful regulatory surveys, and designed and implemented a palliative care program which won the 2009 Excellence in End-of-Life Care Award presented by Beacon Hospice.
Prior to her tenure at Quincy Medical Center, Cadigan was director of Nursing Operations at Boston Medical Center for eight years.
Highly respected statewide for leadership and patient advocacy, Cadigan is past president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and has served on the boards of many other agencies and organizations, including the Massachusetts Hospital Association, South Shore Elder Services, and Boston Healing Hands. Additionally, she holds a longstanding commitment to the elderly and supports programs that help families manage illness and address end-of-life decision making.
Cadigan received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Salve Regina and her master of science degree in adult/gerontological nursing from Boston University.