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Mary Jean Derreberry Joins CGH Medical Center Board of Directors

Hospital news | Friday, August 13, 2021

Contact: Rebecca Green

CGH Medical Center is proud to announce that Mary Jean Derreberry, BSN, RN-BC, a 48-year employee of CGH has joined the hospital’s Board of Directors.

Mary Jean has dedicated her nursing career to patients in the Surgical, Ambulatory Care, Obstetrics and Home Nursing departments. After serving 16 years as the Surgical and Pain Clinic Director, she currently serves as the Director of Nursing Professional Development & Patient Experience.

“Nursing is my passion, and I love everywhere I have worked at CGH,” said Derreberry. “I love the family atmosphere and the culture! It has always been a dream of mine to help serve on the Board of Directors when I retired, and I am blessed that it is happening before that time.” Mary Jean plans to retire on her 50-year anniversary in 2023.

“We are so fortunate to have Mary Jean on the CGH Board of Directors,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Her career at CGH has spanned many decades, and she has built a solid reputation for her nursing excellence, remarkable kindness, and always putting the patient first.”

As a recipient of the “2018 Distinguished Advocate for Nursing Award” from the Stateline Nurses Network and a recipient of the “2018 Distinguished Alumni Award” from the University of Illinois Quad Cities Campus, Mary Jean’s personal accomplishments at CGH include: becoming the first Medication Safety nurse, implementing the Medication Reconciliation form and process, and serving as the Project Manager for several projects, including Exitcare discharge instructions, Vocera communication, Krames Video Patient Education, and iMed Consent.

Mary Jean also serves as a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL), and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD); is on the leadership team and Treasurer for the Northern Illinois Pain Resource Nurse Consortium; and holds a Medical-Surgical Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

In her free time, Mary Jean serves on the Board of Home of Hope, is a member of Harvest Time Bible Church, volunteers for the United Way’s Let’s Feed Our Children program, and loves to read, camp and travel. Married to her husband, Rich, for 22 years, they also enjoy spending time with their family and seven grandchildren.

“I feel that my years of experience will bring knowledge and value to the Board of Directors,” said Derreberry. “It is just one way I can give back to CGH for all they have done in caring for me as an employee. We provide amazing service to members of our community, and I pray we can continue to provide this service, even with the healthcare challenges we face now and into the future.”

Mary Jean fills the seat of Carolyn Spencer, who recently retired from the Board, and joins the other members of the CGH Board of Directors: John Van Osdol (Board Chair); Marcia Jones, MD (Vice Chair); Scott Wolber (Secretary); Andy Moore (Treasurer); John Benson; Shawn Hanlon, MD; Jeffrey LeMay, MD; Thomas McGlone, MD; Nancy Rasmussen and Heather Sotelo.