Shore Memorial Hospital’s Administrative Director of Surgical Services Receives Leadership Profile Award

April 23, 2009

Elizabeth “Bissie” Cianfrani, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC, administrative director of surgical services at Shore Memorial Hospital, recently received the hospital’s prestigious Leadership Profile Award for her efforts in elevating clinical practices and her role in planning for the new Surgical Pavilion. The Leadership Profile Award is presented periodically to a manager for exemplary job performance and exhibiting the characteristics most valued in leaders within the organization.

As administrative director of surgical services, Cianfrani is responsible for overseeing Shore Memorial’s Surgical Services Department, CardioVascular Institute, endoscopy services and IV therapy. She was an integral part in helping the hospital achieve certification by The Joint Commission for its Lumbar and Cervical Spine programs in fall 2008, making Shore Memorial only one of three hospitals nationwide to receive the distinction. She has also played a pivotal role in designing the layout for the new Surgical Pavilion, which will house all of surgical services.

“Bissie fosters a spirit of cooperation and teamwork among the departments she supervises,” says Ron Johnson, vice president of operations and COO. “Yet, her leadership extends beyond her own team to physicians, board members and other individuals within the organization. Whenever she makes a decision, she always considers what’s best for patients, family members and her fellow employees. She is truly an asset to Shore Memorial and the community we serve. ”

“I am very pleased to be recognized as a leader and team player with this organization. I work with a great group of individuals who I can count on to do their jobs effectively, which enables me to meet my responsibilities,” says Cianfrani.

Cianfrani started her career at Shore Memorial in 2005 in her current position. She received her nursing degree from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden and her bachelor of science in nursing from Widener University. In 1996, she received her masters in business administration in health and medical services administration from Widener University.

A Wildwood Crest resident, Cianfrani and her husband Ted have three sons, one grandson and are expecting twin grandchildren later this year. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, theater and reading a good book on the beach.