DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Gretchen Dezelick, RN, BSN, CNOR, LHCRM, CASC, is the Director of Nursing and Clinical Administrator at the Okyanos Center for Regenerative Medicine. With more than 35 years of nursing experience progressing from bedside nursing to administrative and management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, Gretchen was a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) for more than 20 years and has been a Certified Peri-Operative Nurse (CNOR) for more than 7 years. She obtained her Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager (LHCRM) credentials in the state of Florida in 2009.
Gretchen is the most senior nurse at Okyanos, overseeing the care of all patients. She establishes effective systems, ensures high safety standards and continual improvement in patient care, and represents nursing and the clinical staff as a member of the senior leadership team. The position requires excellent management skills and a thorough knowledge of nursing, accreditation and standards of practice, patient safety and risk management.
Prior to her position at Okyanos, Gretchen was Risk Manager and Patient Safety Officer at Laser Spine Institute, the leader in endoscopic spine surgery, where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with standards of practice to meet regulatory and accreditation requirements for licensure and certification for three ambulatory surgery centers, including the oversight of risk management, performance improvement and the patient safety program.
Before being promoted to that position, she was Director of Nursing at Laser Spine Institute, managing and directing a staff of 30 employees including RNs, surgical technicians and medical assistants. Over the years, Gretchen has received multiple service awards as an outstanding employee and leader. She maintains professional memberships with:
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control
- Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses
- Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Managers
- American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
Gretchen studied agricultural business at Illinois State University and earned her nursing degree from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lancaster, Pa. in 1983 and a BSN in nursing from Millersville State University in Millersville, Pa. in 1984.