Betty Jo Rocchio has served as Mercy’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer since October 2020. Previously, she was the chief nursing optimization officer beginning in April 2018. Betty Jo joined Mercy in August 2013 as vice president of perioperative services. Prior to joining Mercy, Betty Jo held several leadership positions in the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. These included chief nurse anesthetist, system director of surgical services, and vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer.
Betty Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an associate in business administration from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio. She started her career in direct patient care as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit; returned to school to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and at the same time earned her master’s degree in health sciences at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Betty Jo holds certification in executive nurse practice (CENP) from American Organization for Nursing Leadership. She is currently pursuing a doctor in nursing practice (DNP) in the nurse executive track at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.