Darcy Abbott, RN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Kent Hospital
Darcy Abbott, RN, interim chief nursing officer at Kent, most recently served as associate chief nursing officer at Kent. Prior to that, she served as director of ambulatory applied care technology at South Coast Health Network and was administrative director of surgical and ambulatory services at The Miriam Hospital, a Magnet-designated facility.
Throughout her career, Darcy has always maintained a focus on outcome-driven practices, the importance of mentoring, and ongoing academic training and excellence. She has also been a frequent presenter at national conferences on a variety of clinical topics spanning the full range of hospital-based care. She received her bachelors of science in nursing and masters of science in health services administration from Salve Regina University. This fall she will begin her doctor of nursing program.
Deb O’Brien, RN
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Providence Center
Deb O’Brien is the vice president and chief operating officer at The Providence Center, but she didn’t begin her journey in business school; she started as a nurse. A lifelong Rhode Islander, Deb has been at TPC for over 20 years and has been in the psych field for over 30.
Deb’s interest in health care started at the age of 12, when her father passed away from a heart attack at age 41 and she decided she wanted to help people live a healthier life. When she was in high school, her mother was a nursing assistant in a pediatrician’s office, where Deb started working with physicians to help with cardiac research. “I had mentioned that I wanted to work in health care, and the pediatrician convinced me that nursing was a great career that I’d be good at.”
Kathleen Peirce, RN, BSN, MS
Vice President of Operations, Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer of the VNA of Care New England
Kathleen Peirce, RN, BSN, MS is vice president of operations, executive director and chief nursing officer of the VNA of Care New England. Kathy has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. Her experience includes acute care and 18 years of Home Health and Hospice care. Kathy joined the VNA of Care New England in 2014 after working for Hartford HealthCare and Masonicare Home Health and Hospice in Connecticut, serving as Chief Operating Officer. She is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and Rensselaer at Hartford, in Hartford, CT, where she earned a Master of Science in Management. Kathy has served on a number of community boards and committees. Currently, she is serving as vice chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of America Leadership Group. Kathy is originally from Rhode Island.
Matt Quin, RN
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Women & Infants Hospital
Matt Quin was named senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer in 2015. He joined Women & Infants in 2013 as vice president for nursing operations. Previously, Quin served in several roles at Brigham and Women's Hospital including the director of the Surgical, Burn and Trauma Intensive/Intermediate Care and director of Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care, where he led the units’ clinical discipline of nursing.
A graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Quin earned a master's of science in nursing at Simmons College. He is a America's Essential Hospitals fellow in the 2015 cohort and is a member of America's Essential Hospitals.
Charles Alexandre, PhD, RN
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Butler Hospital
Charles Alexandre, PhD, RN, joined Butler Hospital in 2012 with leadership responsibilities in quality and regulation. Previously, he spent 13 years at the Department of Health advancing from state director of nurse registration and nursing education to chief of health professions regulation. He has also worked at Southcoast Health, Memorial Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital in nurse management positions.
Charlie holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in nursing and health policy from University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in nursing administration from University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rhode Island College.