Mercy Health Partners and Xavier Leadership Center Develop Nurse Leadership Program

| August 11, 2011

CINCINNATI, Ohio, August 11, 2011 – Xavier Leadership Center (Xavier University) today announced that Mercy Health Partners has selected Xavier as its training partner for its innovative Nurse Leadership Development Program, a full suite of leadership development programs to be offered at Mercy Health Partners locations throughout Greater Cincinnati.

The program was developed in conjunction with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council and the Xavier School of Nursing, in response to growing needs to help nurse managers and directors operate more effectively in an increasingly challenging environment.

The 13-week program will focus on three core areas – Heath Care Business Essentials, Leading Teams and Organizations, and Improving How We Work. It incorporates two powerful immersion learning experiences as well. One is called CincyChef (which teaches team development and leadership concepts during an intense gourmet cooking competition). The second is a finance and accounting simulation experience designed specifically for hospitals.

Len Brzozowski, Executive Director for Xavier Leadership Center, explains that the program features another unique element as well. “We are also asking participants to complete a strategic project assignment (selected by senior Mercy Health Partners executives) as way of anchoring all the concepts taught in the program. We believe people learn best”, says Brzozowski, “when they have the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned in their own work environment.”

According to Dawn M. Shaferly, Director, Strategic Learning and Workforce Effectiveness at Mercy Health Partners, the Nurse Leadership Development Program is a true partnership. “In addition to the strategic project assignment, there are several modules in the program where we are inviting senior Mercy executives to participate in select classes and talk to students about how the concepts they are learning can be applied in a large and dynamic organization like Mercy Health Partners. One of our goals with this program is to deepen the understanding of the link between our mission and strategy throughout our system.”

Julie Holt, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health Partners, agrees. “In today's health care environment, improving the patient care experience is paramount. We believe that investing in the development of our people is the best way to get better. Our nursing professionals are among the best in the field, and helping them to excel as leaders can only help our organization thrive.”

For more information about leadership development programs offered by Xavier University, visit Xavier Leadership Center online at, or contact Len Brzozowski at 513-745-3304 or via email at

About Mercy Health Partners
Mercy Health Partners is a premier healthcare provider that has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 150 years. Mercy provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services, and exceptional care at more than 80 locations across the region. The Mercy network of care includes six award-winning hospitals, eight senior living communities, primary and specialty care physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers, and a variety of outreach programs. To learn more visit

About Xavier University and the Xavier Leadership Center:
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 373 Colleges in America.”

The Xavier Leadership Center is an extension of Xavier University and provides transformational learning experiences for individuals, teams and organizations. The cornerstone to our approach is “facilitated learning,” which challenges participants to actively implement the concepts we teach under the guidance of our team, a blend of Xavier professors and experienced industry professionals. You can learn more at