Scott James Named Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

March 25, 2024

Burlington, MA– Scott E. James, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC). James, who has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership in both pediatric and adult academic health systems, will further the delivery of extraordinary patient-focused care within LHMC’s Jean Cunningham Department of Nursing.

As a member of the senior leadership team, James will be responsible for the strategy and systems integral to the promotion and enhancement of high-quality nursing care at the hospital, supported through ongoing professional development for the Department of Nursing.

“Scott is a proven nursing leader with extensive professional management and clinical experience who has demonstrated success in driving patient care and performance at the highest level,” said Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, president of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. “I am confident that Scott will continue the legacy of nursing excellence that has been a hallmark of our hospital for over a century.”

James brings a demonstrated record of accomplishment working within Magnet-designated health organizations. Most recently, he served as associate chief nursing officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia for the past four years. Prior to that, he worked as division director at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., from 2014 to 2019.

“I am honored to assume the role of Chief Nursing Officer at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and join the rich tradition of its Department of Nursing,” James said. “I look forward to sharing my passion for nursing excellence and working alongside our dedicated colleagues to ensure patient experience, quality and outcomes remain central to everything that we do.”

James previously held leadership positions at INOVA Fairfax Medical Center in Virginia, the Children’s National Hospital (formerly Children’s National Medical Center) in Washington, D.C., and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. He began his career as an emergency medical services and trauma coordinator in Connecticut and as a flight nurse at Hartford Hospital.

James earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, and a doctorate in nursing practice and post-doctoral certificate in academic nursing education, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

About Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) is a world-renowned tertiary academic medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatments and leading-edge research. As a physician-led hospital, LHMC offers a legacy of care and education committed to putting the patient at the center through a multidisciplinary, collaborative and team-based approach. LHMC’s research efforts and clinical trials cross numerous medical disciplines, providing patients with access to the latest options in treatment and care.

LHMC is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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