Karen Sweeney, BS, MSN, RN, has been named vice president of nursing at Mercy Hospital Ada. Sweeney previously served as interim vice president of nursing at Mercy Hospital Hot Springs in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Sweeney, a Nebraska native, earned her nursing diploma from Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Karen brings great experience, both clinically and operationally, to her new role,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy West Communities and interim president of Mercy Hospital Ada. “We are excited to welcome Karen and look forward to her leadership as she advocates for our patients and nurses.”
Sweeney has more than 40 years of health care experience and has spent the majority of her career in leadership roles. Prior to joining Mercy Hospital Hot Springs as interim vice president of nursing, Sweeney was chief nursing executive at Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. While serving in this role, she was instrumental in the successful opening of Lakeside Hospital, developing a float pool to eliminate the use of traveling nurses and implementing the electronic nursing clinical record.
“Nursing is my life; I love taking care of people, their families and the community as a whole,” said Karen Sweeney, vice president of nursing at Mercy Hospital Ada. “In this role, I hope to share my passion and experience with the nursing team and empower our nurses to continually advocate for our patients.”