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Women Of Influence: Health Care- Gladys D’Souza, RN, MSN, MBA

Gladys D’Souza, RN, MSN, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer
Barlow Respiratory Hospital

Gladys D’Souza is chief nursing officer at Barlow Hospital where she is an important leader with nearly 20 years of professional service. She manages Barlow Respiratory Hospital nursing staff, more than 150 registered nurses in three locations: Los Angeles, Van Nuys and Whittier. She oversees an all-RN team that includes critical care nursing specialists, certified wound care specialists and intensive care nursing staff.

An accessible and visionary leader, D’Souza was instrumental in developing the hospital’s Nursing Residency Program to train newly hired registered nurses in the skills needed to serve Barlow Respiratory Hospital high-acuity patients. She is responsible for meeting regulatory requirements, preparing for Joint Commission and California Department of Public Health surveys, developing department policies, and ensuring the hospital complies with standards for safe, quality patient care. A practicing nurse for over 36 years, D’Souza previously served 19 years as clinical manager for Bahrain Defense Force Hospital.

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Paola Mendez
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Paola Mendez graduated from Los Angeles Valley College, then transferred to University of California, and now serves as a Receptionist and Office Assistant to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Paola wears many hats in different departments and is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.
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