Local Nurse Executive Assumes Mercy-wide Leadership Role

A familiar face among Mercy nursing staff in southwest Missouri will now lead nurses across the organization.

Linda Knodel has assumed the role of senior vice president/chief nursing officer for Mercy, effective immediately. She will continue to serve as chief nursing officer (CNO) for Mercy’s central region.

In her new role, Knodel will provide executive leadership for all activities and programs that affect the more than 10,000 nurses who practice across Mercy in hospital, clinic and other outpatient settings. She will serve as a member of Mercy’s executive leadership team, senior operations team and Joint Presidents Council.

“As nurses, we are recognized as the coordinators of care, no matter the setting,” said Knodel. “Having a presence and voice at the executive tables will ensure that we are meeting the needs of the Mercy health ministry and the communities served.”

Knodel, a registered nurse for nearly 40 years with a long list of credentials – MHA, MSN, CPHQ, NE-BC, FACHE – joined Mercy in 2010 as an executive leader and CNO in the Springfield region. Earlier this fall she assumed expanded responsibility for the central region.

“During her time with Mercy, Linda has proven herself to be an outstanding leader with the experience, knowledge and communication skills that are critical to helping advance Mercy Nursing,” said Mike McCurry, Mercy executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Linda was recently named president elect for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and has been a member of AONE’s national planning committee for the past three years. She’s also served as a board member and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and she has held numerous leadership roles with – and received many recognitions and honors from – a variety of professional health care organizations.

Knodel earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Knodel completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. She also recently published a book, “Nurse to Nurse: Nursing Management.”


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