Melinda Noonan, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, is the Program Director, Systems Leadership, Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Rush University College of Nursing and holds conjoint faculty appointments as Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences, Health Systems Management Program. Previous to her current position she held the position of Associate Vice President for Hospital Operations at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in Chicago, IL. She pursues her passions for healthcare leadership and teaching through mentoring and advising the next generation of healthcare leaders in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and the Health Systems Management Master's Program. During her first five years at RUMC, she focused on improving patient flow and developing the Rush Transfer Center, a nationally-recognized best practice site for outside hospital transfers to an academic medical center. Prior to her work at RUMC, she held progressive leadership positions at several Chicago area hospitals and academic medical centers. In addition to hospital operations, she held service line administration positions in cardiovascular, oncology, and women's and children's services. Dr. Noonan managed a national healthcare consultant practice for several years assisting clients with strategic planning, facility planning and service line development. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these areas of expertise. Dr. Noonan earned her B.S.N., cum laude, from University of Illinois at Chicago where she was awarded the Student Leadership Award by the Alumni Association. She received her master's degree in nursing administration from North Park University and her Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Dr. Noonan is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Phi Chapter. She is a Fellow in the Institute of Medicine-Chicago. Dr. Noonan is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, the former President of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Women's Health and served on several national committees and advisory boards for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing. Dr. Noonan serves on the Board of Directors for Heartland Health Outreach and the Advisory Committee for Vital Bridges for Chronic Care.