Gretchen Pacholek, MSN, BSN, RN
We are thrilled to announce that Gretchen Pacholek, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital, effective September 6.
Gretchen has nearly two decades of healthcare experience, and has led key organizational initiatives and overseen operational improvements in a variety of roles at UChicago Medicine. As Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Ingalls, she helped the Harvey-based hospital achieve a Leapfrog B grade by transforming departmental operations, including a rollout of the Epic electronic healthcare records system. She overhauled hospital processes while maintaining operations during COVID-19 surges, leading and operating COVID units, testing care centers and a vaccine clinic.
Gretchen has served as Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Ingalls since April 2022, and her work has already furthered our mission to ensure the highest quality clinical nursing care at Ingalls. Her experience and depth of knowledge will be essential in developing the future of our patient care services.
In her new role, Gretchen will oversee all nursing operations at Ingalls, coordinating standards and practices with the broader UChicago Medicine network. She will manage the Ingalls inpatient Patient Care Services operations, oversee delivery of shared services and actively support physician relations.
Gretchen has held a number of other positions at UChicago Medicine, including Director of Neurology/Neurosurgery and Director of Surgical and Multispecialty Services. She joined UChicago Medicine in 2004 as a charge nurse/staff nurse.
Gretchen has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rush University and a master’s from Benedictine University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice at Baylor University. She is also a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, serving as a board member from 2016-18.
Please join me in congratulating Gretchen and supporting her in her new role.
– Emily Chase, Interim President and CEO, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital