16 SEP 2015

NorthBay's New CNO Hails From UCSF

 Traci Duncan has accepted NorthBay Healthcare's offer to serve as  vice president and chief nursing officer, replacing Kathy Richerson who retired in July after a 15-year stretch.

Ducan comes to NorthBay from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, where she served as associate chief nursing officer for six years. 

Prior to her role at UCSF, she worked as vice president and chief nursing officer for Swedish Health System in Seattle. She got her start as a telemetry staff nurse at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, and worked her way up through many nursing and leadership positions at that organization during a 26-year-span.

"I feel confident that Traci's background will help NorthBay in its continued pursuit to provide compassionate care, advanced medicine, close to home and I look forward to adding her to our leadership team," said Konard Jones, president of the Hospital Division.

Duncan has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of San Francisco, a master's degree from the University of Portland and a bachelor's from Oregon Health Science University. She is a Wharton Nurse Executive from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

"The thing that excites me the most about coming to NorthBay is that it's a community-based organization," said Duncan. "It's clear that NorthBay and the community really embrace each other, and I think that's so important."

During her 35-year nursing career, Duncan has gained extensive experience in performance improvement (LEAN), experience in advancing the professional practice of nursing, and has provided leadership to three Magnet organizations.

One of NorthBay's challenges will be to maintain the high level of enthusiasm and the momentum created by the Magnet recognition, Duncan noted.

"NorthBay has met the standard, but now we have to raise the bar, and that's always the challenge. Keep the momentum and the energy going, and keep us growing," she said. "It's exciting because NorthBay is an individual organization in a state that is known for innovation and healthcare … we have to be better than the rest." 

She'll have a chance to see NorthBay's energy and enthusiasm in action when she accompanies NorthBay's team of about 20 nurses to the Magnet conference in Atlanta in October.

"To me, NorthBay is such a gem, and I'm excited by the opportunity," Duncan. said. "The culture that has been created and the reputation are so positive. I hope to continue the good work."

You Might Also Like:

Monkeypox: What You Need to Know Expert weighs in on how to spot it and stay safe. Posted: July 1, 2022
Chance to win a $25 gift card! Tell us what events you’re interested in for a chance to win! Posted: July 1, 2022
Lions, Snakes, Bears and Bats, Oh My! Arm yourself with these safety tips before venturing into the great outdoors. Posted: July 1, 2022

Get the best of NorthBay Healthcare News sent to you.

Never miss our latest health tips, or our best stories, by signing up for NorthBay Pulse today.

Are you a news professional looking to access our facilities, health care experts, or news team?