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VA Maryland Health Care System


VA Maryland Health Care System Appoints Deputy Chief Nurse

Joyce A. Smith, RN, MSN, has been appointed the deputy chief nurse of the Perry Point VA Medical Center and the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center, divisions of the VA Maryland Health Care System.>/P

Before joining the health care system, Smith, a 32-year veteran of nursing management and administration for acute rehabilitation and chronic long-term care, served as the vice president of Patient Care Services at the University Specialty Hospital in Baltimore - part of the University of Maryland Medical System that provides specialized care to critically ill patients or those who require continued hospitalization beyond the acute care setting. In this position, she oversaw nursing, rehabilitation services, social work and utilization review. Her experience also encompasses traumatic brain injury, ventilator care and rehabilitation services.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with Joyce Smith’s longtime experience to serve as the deputy chief nurse for both the Perry Point VA Medical Center and the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center,” said Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.
As deputy chief nurse, Smith is responsible for overseeing nursing services at her assigned areas where she divides her time. Her duties include ensuring professional nursing practices, conducting evidence-based Veteran care, oversight of performance improvement activities and customer satisfaction.

“I’m pleased to join the VA Maryland Health Care System and to serve our Veterans,” says Smith. “It’s my goal to develop a reputation for excellence in long-term care by promoting team work, best practices and collaboration within nursing and across disciplines,” she added.

A Baltimore native, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing science from Coppin State University and received a Master of Science degree in nursing administration from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She also earned a post graduate certificate in business of nursing from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.


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