Paula Ellis, DNP, CARN, NEA-BC, has been named Chief Executive Officer
of Saint John Hospital. She formerly held the Administrator/ Chief Nursing role.
Steven D Wilkinson, FAHCE, Regional CEO – Missouri & Kansas Prime
Healthcare, said. “The title of CEO recognizes the breadth of Paula’s executive
leadership and management responsibilities and her impressive career.”
He added, “We are proud of Paula’s accomplishments at Saint
John Hospital, as well as her many contributions to our Prime Healthcare
system in the Kansas City/Leavenworth area.”
Paula has been with Saint John Hospital since February 2016. During that
time Paula has significantly improved the quality performance of the hospital,
as well as substantially improving the financial performance of Saint
John, according to Wilkinson. In recent months, the hospital has gone
from a -16% EBITDA (a measure of a company’s operating performance)
in 2017 to a +9% EBITDA in 2018.
In addition, Wilkinson commented that Paula has improved patient satisfaction
results, has been instrumental in attaining the ED Stroke Ready certification,
developed a distinct skilled nursing unit, completed and opened the Senior
Behavioral Health Unit expansion, and brought the Outpatient Surgical
Services under the hospital umbrella.
Prior to joining Saint John Hospital, Paula was an administrative leader
for 28 years with St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kansas. Paula also
had leadership positions with Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Administration
Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas. Paula received her BSN from St. Mary
University, Leavenworth and received her MSN and DNP from the University