Vice President Reginal Patient Care Services Southern California and Hawaii
In his role as Vive President for Regional Patient Care Services, Jerry Spicer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, provides strategic leadership to drive “Best Hospital” initiatives across the Southern California and Hawai’i regions of Kaiser Permanente. Working collaboratively with the 15 medical centers Nurse Executives, he and his team ensure consistency of operational systems and processes in order to maximize the quality and safety of patient care and meet the clinical, quality and financial goals of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals.
Spicer is the former vice president for Patient Services and chief nursing officer for the Colorado-based St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center where he was oversaw all aspects of the delivery of clinical services to patients. He joined St. Mary’s in 1999 as director of Emergency Services. A year later, he assumed the role of administrative director of Patient Services. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president and chief nursing officer.
Prior to joining St. Mary's, he served as assistant administrator for the Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
A graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Spicer continued his education receiving a bachelor’s in nursing from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis on health care from Texas A&M University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University in Denver, Colorado.
Spicer is active in professional organizations and boards at the local, state and national levels. He is a past-president of the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, a past chair of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Board of Directors, representative to the Strategic Planning Committee for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, a member of both the American Nurses Association and the Association of California Nurse Leaders, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In 2006, received the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders "Circle of Excellence" award, and is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship program.