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Beth Oliver '91

Distinguished Alumni Award in Administration

Oliver earned her BSN from the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, an MS from Columbia University in 1991, a Nurse Practitioner certification from Columbia University in 1998 and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University in 2012.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association, where she is the only nurse member of the Board of Directors in the New York Chapter. She serves as chair of The American Heart Association's My Heart, My Life committee and co-chairs it's annual Heart Walk.

Her career in nursing has been characterized by exemplary leadership. She believes that to improve care, one must advance systems and empower nurses, and has consistently implemented innovative ideas to empower nurses.

Oliver held leadership positions at Lenox Hill Hospital from 1992-1999, and among her achievements were improving orientation programs for clinical nurses, expanding the role of ambulatory nurses, and implementing Nursing Grand Rounds specific to coronary catheterization issues. She improved patient care by establishing support groups for cardiac patients, developing comprehensive patient education programs on diet, exercise and social support, and was instrumental in reducing length of stay in her units.

From 2000-2010 Oliver held several leadership positions at Mount Sinai Hospital, including senior director of Nursing for Mount Sinai Heart. In this position she was responsible for direct clinical, administrative and operational functions of the Cardiology service of Mount Sinai. Her achievements included advancing and expanding the role of nurse practitioners at Mount Sinai Heart, directing the Cardiology NP service, overseeing upgrades of telemetry systems, opening new units, hiring additional staff, leading quality monitoring and improvement for Acute MI and Heart Failure Core Measures, organizing and implementing a variety of cardiovascular risk factor community health screenings, and leading the establishment of an annual Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner Symposium. In 2010, Oliver returned to Lenox Hill as associate executive director of nursing for Cardiovascular Services where she continued to advance nursing, nurse practitioners and clinical care.

In 2012 shereturned to Mount Sinai as Vice President of Clinical Operations for Mount Sinai Heart, and in 2014 was appointed vice president, Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System, a seven hospital system, and academic medical center which includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is responsible for day to day leadership of clinical cardiology operations, and for enuring delivery of quality patient care to cardiology patients. She continues to advance patient care and nurse empowerment in this position. As a researcher, she has performed a groundbreaking study on the characteristics of clinical nurse managers, and a report on this research: “Structural Empowerment of Clinical Nurse Managers” was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration in 2014.


It is with great pleasure that the Alumni Associations present the Distinguished Alumni Award in Administration to  Beth Oliver.