MCMC Names Donald Wenzler Its New Chief Nursing Officer

Few registered nurses can take a patient’s vitals, deliver quality care then restructure a broad swath of a hospital’s operations to improve wait times while lowering costs. Then again, not every R.N. is Donald Wenzler, who became MCMC’s new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) on March 26, 2018.

During his 38-year career, the nursing veteran has excelled at merging the clinical aspects of the job with the strategic mindset of a business leader. Not surprising, since Wenzler touts an MBA alongside a Doctorate of Nursing degree in executive clinical leadership.

“Donald has a history of effortlessly merging the strategic mind of a top-notch manager with a nurse’s singular focus on care. MCMC’s patients will benefit greatly from his experience and innovative ideas. Our compassionate, highly-qualified team of nurses will have a creative leader striving to make their outstanding work even better,” stated MCMC President and CEO Dennis Knox.

Wenzler most recently served as Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s international Magnet Recognition Program. He also worked at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Calif. There, the board-certified Advanced Nurse Executive Wenzler helped lower waiting times, and introduced patient-focused initiatives targeting everything from fall prevention to readmission prevention focused on congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

MCMC’s staff will also benefit from Wenzler’s management experience and leadership. His career includes 18 years serving as a CNO at various hospitals and medical centers around the country, where he introduced innovative cost-saving measures which increased quality and efficiency while freeing up funds to help expand or improve care.

“Nurses plays a pivotal role in patient-centered care at MCMC,” Wenzler said. “Due to their frequent interactions with patients, nurses are perfectly positioned to advocate for the needs and desires of patients and their families. I’m excited to work with MCMC staff to enhance safe and reliable care, improve patient outcomes and leverage our Planetree certification to create positive experiences for those we are privileged to serve.”

He’s currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau’s International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association.

Wenzler can also carry a tune; he’s been an active member of choirs in many of the cities he’s called home — from St. Louis to Corpus Christi.

Wenzler has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas. He succeeds Liesl Peterson, who served as interim CNO.