Cynthia Latney, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Cynthia comes to us from the Medical Center of Aurora (HealthOne-HCA) where she has been a Vice President and CNO since 2010. As the CNO, she was responsible for overseeing nearly 900 Full Time Employees (FTEs), including 632 nurses in 346 licensed beds across three main campuses.
Cynthia is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluation of Nursing Services across the health care continuum at PSF, and integrates Nursing Services with all hospital services and functions. She has the authority and responsibility for developing organization-wide patient care programs, policies and procedures that describe how patients’ nursing care needs are assessed, evaluated and met.
From 2006-2010, Cynthia served as the Vice President of Adult Critical Care Services and Nursing Operations, and the Interim CNO, for Medical City Dallas – a Magnet-designated, 700-bed HCA hospital. Medical City Dallas was the first hospital in North Texas to achieve Magnet accreditation in 2003, and Cynthia was instrumental in the Magnet re-accreditation in 2008.
Additionally, over a period of 18 years, she served in various director positions at the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Cynthia holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Buffalo. She is currently enrolled in a PhD Program, specializing in healthcare administration, and expects to graduate in 2014. She is a Board Certified Nurse Executive, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and an active member of the Colorado Nurse Leaders Association. She served as President-Elect of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Dallas, and has been a lecturer at the university and community levels, speaking on nursing practice topics. Cynthia is also a published author on topics ranging from evidenced-based practice to community health.