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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MELISSA HOWARD

Melissa Howard

Chief Nursing and Clinical Executive, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital/Inter-Community Hospital

Emanate Health

Melissa Howard is in charge of all nursing and clinical areas including radiology, wound care, transitional care unit and laboratory areas for Inter-Community Hospital in Covina and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, and the management of a team of nurses and staff. She’s also a member of the health system’s executive leadership team. Howard played a critical leadership role in the 2019 system-wide installation of the Meditech Expanse program, an electronic health record system, which helped to promote greater physician engagement and patient outcomes. She also successfully guided several Green Belt projects to substantially improve patient safety, employee retention and financial sustainability at ICH and FPH. Howard also guides a program that helps to improve the health system’s mental health population by implementing evidenced-based tools and practices. She also mentors nursing graduates to embrace the value of compassionate care.

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