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May 17, 2013- DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital Names Vice President, Patient Care Services

Alta A. Gordon, BSN, MBA, MS, has been named Vice President for Patient Care Services at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, it was announced today by President Iris A. Taylor, PhD, RN. 


“Alta Gordon’s clinical experience, leadership skills and personal passion for nursing made her the unanimous choice for the position,” Dr. Taylor commented in making the announcement.  “We are proud to add her to our team.”  


Ms. Gordon has held prior leadership positions at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, St. Joseph Mercy – Oakland in Pontiac, at Henry Ford Health System’s main hospital in Detroit and at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan, completed a master’s degree in health services administration, also from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Walsh College.  She is pursuing a doctorate in nursing at the University of Detroit. 


During her 12-year career at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ms. Gordon advanced through five leadership roles, including positions in the cardiac intensive care unit.  She was the director of critical care/medical/surgical services at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Illinois and then advanced to the position of associate administrator at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  She served as the director of nursing practice and systems at St. Joseph Mercy – Oakland and most recently, she was director of Oakwood Southshore Medical Center. Among her career accomplishments are leading a hospital to achieve Level II Trauma Center status; overseeing the transition to electronic medical records; taking a hospital on its Magnet journey; and winning the “Governor’s Award of Excellence” for improving patient care in hospital, surgical and emergency department settings.  She has published articles in RN Excellence and Nursing Management.  She was the subject of a special report in the Detroit Free Press in 1997.


Ms. Gordon was the 2005 winner of the “Nightingale Award for Nursing,” a highly respected award.  She served ten years in the United States Army Reserves, the Army Nursing Corp, with local and overseas assignments, serving as officer in charge, chief finance officer and medical education instructor. 

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