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May 19, 2023/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Kelli Saucerman-Howard, D.N.P., R.N., brings 34 years of experience to her role leading the hospital’s nursing team

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Kelli Saucerman-Howard, D.N.P., R.N.

AKRON: Cleveland Clinic Akron General has named Kelli Saucerman-Howard, D.N.P., R.N., its new Chief Nursing Officer, effective June 19.

Saucerman-Howard brings 34 years of experience in nursing, quality, infection prevention, regulatory compliance and patient safety, and she has served at large academic health systems for over a decade.

“We are excited to have a talented nursing leader like Kelli direct our nursing staff and be part of our commitment to providing the best care, as well as being the best place for our nurses to work,” said Brian Harte, M.D., president of Akron General.

Saucerman-Howard is coming from Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy in Omaha, Neb., where she served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. Previously, she was the associate chief nursing officer and vice president of quality at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tenn.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she also earned a master’s degree in nursing. She received a doctorate in nursing practice from Creighton University.

“We look forward to welcoming Kelli to our organization,” said Meredith Foxx, MSN, MBA, APRN, Executive Chief Nursing Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “She is an outstanding leader whose skills and invaluable experience will be a great asset in further building upon the excellent care our nurses at Akron General provide to our patients each and every day.”

She replaces Sheila Miller, D.N.P., R.N., M.B.A., who is now Chief Nursing Officer at Cleveland Clinic London.

About Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a nonprofit healthcare organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General is the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region and includes a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group; three Health & Wellness Centers; Lodi Hospital; and Akron General Foundation. For more information, visit akrongeneral.org.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,665-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 22 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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