Mary Dee Hacker, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN
Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, is vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is responsible for nursing, as well as for respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy, audiology, pharmacy, nutritional services, social work, diversity services, child life, artists’ program, spiritual care services and care coordination.
Ms. Hacker has been associated with Children's Hospital for more than three decades, beginning as a staff nurse in 1975. She has held various administrative nursing positions at the hospital, including nurse manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (1979-1982).
Ms. Hacker was named Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer in 1993. She is a member of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees.
She has been the driving force behind the RN Residency in Pediatrics, a 22-week program that provides new nursing school graduates with a comprehensive clinical and learning experience to prepare them for work in the acute care environment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The RN Residency in Pediatrics was created in July 1999 in response to the growing national nursing shortage. The curriculum was developed with the support of a Job Development Incentive Grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. It also received important support from numerous sources, including the Weingart Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Endowment.
Ms. Hacker is a member of the advisory council (2012-present) of Versant RN Residencies, a not-for-profit, public benefit company established by Children's Hospital Los Angeles in response to the growing national nursing shortage and patient safety issues. Versant provides hospitals and health care organizations with comprehensive research-oriented and empirically evaluated RN Residency programs that both elevate the standard of nursing care and optimize the financial performance of health care institutions. Hospitals that have implemented the Versant RN Residency have realized financial and clinical quality benefits through significant reduction of first- and second-year new graduate turnover rates.
She is a member of the board (2006-present) of the not-for-profit Diseases Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, California, which was established by Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes in memory of their son, J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The DAISY Award is the first national program established by patients and their families to honor nurses. The program currently includes more than 1,400 hospitals throughout the world.
Ms. Hacker is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national meetings. She has testified on nursing issues at the meetings of various committees of the California Legislature. She was a member of the Board of Registered Nursing Advisory Committee (2000) for AB 655. She is a member of numerous local, state and national healthcare organizations, including the Nurse Executive Council of Los Angeles (1992-present), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (1993-present), the Society of Pediatric Nurses (1992-2012) and Sigma Theta Tau (1974-present).
She has been an active member (1991-present) of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, formerly the Organization of Nurse Executives of California, including service on its health policy committee (1998-2001; chair, 2000). Ms. Hacker has been a member of the nurse executive committee (1992-present; chair, 1998-1999) of the California Children’s Hospital Association. She has been a member of the Nurse Shortage Task Force (1999-2004) of the Hospital Association of Southern California.
She has been a member of the ad hoc advisory committee on nursing (1998-1999) of the California Hospital Association. Ms. Hacker served as a member of the Nursing Workforce Development Task Force (2005-2006) of the Child Health Corporation of America. She serves on the California Nursing Outcomes Coalition (CalNOC) Governance and Advisory Council (2004-2010), a database of information reporting from acute care hospitals throughout California, providing measurement tools for nursing quality, management and outcomes research. Ms. Hacker has been a member of the grassroots advisory panel (1997-1998) of the National Association of Children’s Hospital and Related Institutions. She has been a member of the selection committee for the 2005-2009 Victor E. Schimmel Memorial Nursing Scholarships. Ms. Hacker has been a member of the editorial advisory board (2004-2006) of the magazine, Advance for Nurses, and is a member of the executive advisory board (1996-2001,2006-present) of NurseWeek magazine.
She has been active in the community, with particular emphasis on service to the following organizations:
- Campbell Hall School, including service on the diversity sub-committee (1999); strategic planning committee (1998-1999); Head of School Search Committee (2002-2003); and board of directors (2001-2009)
- St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, including service on the endowment committee (1999-present)
- Hillsides, including service on the communications task force (1998-1999); Episcopal connection committee (chair, 1997-2002); strategic planning committee (2002-present); program assessment (2004-present) board of directors (1996-2003; 2004-2010; 2011-present; and executive committee, 1997-2009; 2011-present; chair, 2000-2002)
- Children’s Home Care, including service on the board of directors (1992-2001; executive committee, 1995-2001; secretary, 1996-1998; 2000-2001)
Ms. Hacker has been the recipient of the prestigious Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award (1980) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as well as the hospital’s Marion Vannier Award (2001), for her efforts to advance the profession of nursing and care of children. She has been the recipient of the "Best Practice" (2003) and "Excellence in Nursing Leadership" (2000) awards from the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She was awarded the NurseWeek “RN Excellence Award” in 1997 and the NurseWeek Nursing Excellence-Diane Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Ms. Hacker received the St. Catherine University Alumnae Award in 2009. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2010. Ms. Hacker was recognized in 1997 by California Medicine magazine as one of the "California’s 100 Most Interesting and Influential Healthcare Leaders" and received the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Hospital Executive of the Year" award in 2012.
She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in 1974. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University in 1982. Ms. Hacker was a Fellow at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.