University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

April 15, 2019: After a national search conducted by executive search firm Summit Talent Group, University Hospitals has selected Benjamin Farber as the new Chief Nursing Officer for Elyria Medical Center in Elyria, OH.

Ben comes to University Hospitals from PeaceHealth, where he served as Chief Nursing Officer for Sacred Heart Medical Center University District, a 104-bed hospital in Eugene, OR. Hired as the Director of Nursing to lead, guide and direct all nursing departments including emergency room, medicine/acute elderly care, regional infusion center, inpatient rehab, behavioral health, and inpatient/outpatient wound care, the position was rebranded as Chief Nursing Officer two years into his tenure.

Previously, Ben held multiple positions at Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA. Beginning as a staff nurse at Mercy Downtown, Ben progressed to Nurse Manager of Medical/Surgical/Telemetry at Mercy Downtown and was promoted to Director, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry, coordinating clinical operations for 165 beds on two campuses (Mercy Downtown and Mercy Southwest). As Director of Patient Care Services, Ben managed all activities for 193 beds in five departments as well as two intensive care units at both campuses. Finally, as Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Mercy Southwest, Ben managed 240 FTEs, leading all nursing departments on the Southwest Campus including operating room, maternal services and the emergency department.

Ben earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Systems Leadership from Rush University in Chicago, IL; a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University at Bakersfield, CA; and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Kinesiology also from California State University at Bakersfield. Ben holds several additional credentials: Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and Lean Green Belt Certified.

Summit Talent Group is a boutique executive search and leadership placement firm with a national practice in healthcare.