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St. Mary’s Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Aug 27, 2020

West Palm Beach, Fla. – St. Mary’s Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital appoints Ruth Schwarzkopf as its new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). In her new role, Schwarzkopf will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the daily operations of St. Mary’s Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s nursing departments. She will ensure that the hospital’s tradition of delivering high quality patient care is consistently maintained.

ruth-schwarzkopf-chief-nursing-officer“Ruth earned this opportunity based on her excellent track record of achieving stellar results throughout her nursing career,” said Cynthia McCauley, chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to her leadership to help ensure the continued level of excellence in our nursing care that our community has come to know and expect.”

Schwarzkopf has worked for Tenet for the past 17 years, coming to St. Mary’s after serving as Chief Nursing Officer at sister hospital West Boca Medical Center. Schwarzkopf continues to serve on both the Executive Committee and the Board of the Palm Health Foundation and volunteer's with the American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

Schwarzkopf earned her nursing degree at Ohio Valley Hospital, School of Nursing, and then received her bachelor’s degree in professional studies at Barry University. She continued her education at St. Thomas University, earning her master’s degree in health management. Schwarzkopf is currently a registered nurse in the state of Florida and is on the advisory council for two local colleges, Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College.