Currently the Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Jason M. Pirtz, MBA, BSN, RN, chronicles his path to becoming a nurse executive, noting highlights of his career.
Initially I was attracted to nursing when, as a teenager, I was part of a bad patient experience in the PACU following a surgical procedure. As a result of this experience, I decided to apply to nursing school with the end goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Interestingly enough, you will see that my career path took a very unique turn.
In 1999, I earned my BSN from the University of Akron, followed twelve years later with an MBA from Walden University. However, my learning did not end there. In 2016, I successfully completed my certification in Just Culture. I also had the opportunity to attend CNO academy that focused studies on leadership, strategies, and relationships.
During the 21 years I have been a registered nurse I have held a variety of leadership positions. In 2005, I started my own staffing agency that grew rapidly over a 6 year span, and also assisted with the development and opening of two hospitals in the Akron/Canton region. This experience lead to a Director of Business development opportunity where I partnered with two large healthcare organizations in the Akron market in a successful joint venture.
In 2009 I was promoted to CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Canton, Ohio. In this role, I developed core clinical programs and a reputation for excellence. My peers lauded my focus on patient experience; I am proud to be considered a transformational leader and an expert in operational effectiveness and employee engagement. The respect of my peers is very valuable to me and is mutual.
After serving as the Chief Nursing Officer of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center (UHGMC) in Chardon, Ohio beginning in 2017, last year I moved into my current role as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC). At UHCMC, I oversee a broad range of units that encompass more than a 1000 beds. These include general medical, intensive care, and surgical units and the two major hospitals: University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. My most recent work includes success around quality and patient experience.
The Year of the Nurse and Midwife is a special year to me and I’m proud of how well nurses have responded during the COVID pandemic. I personally find it rewarding to work in such a great profession and looks forward to my next 21 years.