Shore Memorial Hospital’s Director of Clinical Informatics Receives Leadership Profile Award

October 01, 2009

Karen Huston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, director of Clinical Informatics at Shore Memorial Hospital, recently received the hospital’s prestigious Leadership Profile Award for her continuing efforts in developing programs and implementing practices to help ensure patient safety. 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 director of Clinical Informatics, Huston is responsible for advancing clinical documentation systems. Partnering with the Information Technology Department, Huston and her staff successfully installed a clinical documentation system for nursing and allied health professionals. Since that time she and her team have worked diligently to customize the system, making it more user-friendly to effectively meet our patients’ needs. Huston is very active in several arenas constantly developing programs and implementing practices to help ensure patient safety. Her clinical expertise makes her a major contributor to the Professional Practice Steering Committee. She is the administrative facilitator for the Nursing Practice Council and played a major role in our recent successful Joint Commission survey.

On obtaining this recognition, Huston stated “I have always loved Shore Memorial Hospital, having started my career here as a volunteer back when I was a teenager. I have seen this organization grow not just in square footage but in its continuing ability to meet the healthcare needs of our community. For me, the Leadership Profile Award represents an acknowledgement of my work throughout my years as a leader in the organization. I am very thankful and honored to receive this acknowledgement.”

“Karen’s success is due to the fact that she pours her heart and soul into her work,” says Joan Gavin, RN, Vice President of Nursing. “She has a huge fount of knowledge about the nursing science as well as the technical aspects of her role with automating our medical records. She also has great people skills which allow her to work effectively with our staff to not only make their jobs easier, but also make our patients’ visits safer.”

Huston graduated from the Chester County Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 and began her nursing career at Shore in September of that year working in the cardiac and intensive care units. Today she is director of Clinical Informatics, overseeing planning, implementation and ongoing oversight of computerized clinical documentation. Huston has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing/Health Care Administration from the University of Delaware and most recently obtained her Nurse Executive-Advanced Certification.