Sharon O'Keefe Joins Vocera Board of DirectorsMarketWatch Mar 13, 2012 Back to press
Appointment adds renowned hospital and healthcare expertise
SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Vocera Communications, Inc. today announced the appointment of Sharon O'Keefe to the organization's board of directors. Ms. O'Keefe is the president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and a nationally recognized authority on hospital operations, healthcare quality, patient satisfaction and employee engagement.
"Vocera is honored to have Ms. O'Keefe, a healthcare industry leader, join our board," said Bob Zollars, chairman and chief executive officer of Vocera. "She brings healthcare expertise from both the clinical and operational perspectives that will complement our vision to provide solutions that solve the most difficult healthcare communication challenges today."
Ms. O'Keefe stated, "Vocera respects the relationship between operational outcomes, the delivery of care, care providers, patient experience and technology. By joining the board, I hope to contribute to the Company's vision to improve the delivery of healthcare with intelligent, well-planned communication solutions."
In January, Ms. O'Keefe joined the Illinois Hospital Association's Board of Trustees. Prior to her appointment at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Ms. O'Keefe was president of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She has held several key positions throughout her career, including director of nursing at Johns Hopkins, associate hospital director at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., senior vice president for operations at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She also spent two years as a senior manager for healthcare at the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Ms. O'Keefe holds a B.S. in nursing from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago.
Vocera provides mobile communication solutions addressing critical communication challenges facing hospitals today. We help our customers improve patient safety and satisfaction, and increase hospital efficiency and productivity through our Voice Communication solution, Secure Messaging applications and Care Transition solutions. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Vocera solutions are installed in more than 800 hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in Tennessee, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com .