Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP

Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive


Beth Houlahan, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer

Beth Houlahan is Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive for UW Health. Beth joined UW Health in 2011 and served as Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer.


In her newest role, she is accountable for nursing practice across all of UW Health, including UW Medical Foundation. UW Health Nursing Services includes all nursing practice for inpatient, ambulatory and procedural settings as well as advanced practice providers, home health care and patient care services for respiratory therapy, pastoral services, clinical nutrition, social work, and nursing quality.


Prior to joining UW Health, Beth served as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a 455-bed facility. There she was responsible for clinical, operational and financial leadership for nursing and clinical inpatient and outpatient services for Mercy Medical at five campuses in Cedar Rapids, including an acute care facility, Medical Plaza, Alcohol and Drug Outpatient Treatment Center and an Inpatient Hospice House.


Prior to joining Mercy Medical Center, Beth served for 13 years in a variety of administrative roles at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She co-directed a service leadership initiative for more than 7,000 employees and served as clinical director of a primary care center staffed by 300 physicians and 100 staff and as nurse manager responsible for the daily clinical operations in the department of medicine.


Beth received her bachelor of science in nursing from Mt. Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA; her master of science in nursing from the University of Iowa and her doctorate in nursing practice from Rush University, Chicago. In addition, she is a fellow of the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive program and is certified in nursing executive practice.


Beth has received several honors and awards throughout her nursing career such as Outstanding Nurse Leader Award from the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders; the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Mt. Mercy University; and the Excellence in Administrative Ambulatory Nursing Practice Award from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, to name a few.


Her nursing career has been dedicated to creating high quality, reliable systems of care and developing the next generation of nurses and health care professionals to lead in these ever-changing times.