St. Joseph Mercy Livingston/Brighton names new chief nursing officer

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Karla Zarb, RN, BSN, MS

Karla Zarb has been named chief nursing officer and vice president of operations at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center. She will also continue in her role as executive director of surgical services for St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joe’s Livingston.  Zarb’s promotion follows the retirement of Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Blanche.

“I feel fortunate to have worked alongside Sharon these past few years and congratulate her on a distinguished 45-year career and a well-deserved retirement,” said John O’Malley, president of St. Joe’s Livingston and Brighton. “Looking forward, we are excited as Karla takes on an increased role within our organization.  We are blessed to have such an experienced and dedicated leader working on behalf of our patients in the months and years to come.”

Blanche joined St. Joe’s Livingston in 2016. During her tenure standards of care were elevated, including the quality of care, patient safety scores and patient satisfaction. She also helped lead the launch of multiple new service lines, including the onboarding of several new physicians.

Zarb stepped into her new role with more than 30 years’ experience in hospital operations and nursing leadership.  Since joining the St. Joe’s family in 2016, she has led the advancement of nursing clinical practice at St. Joe’s Ann Arbor and Livingston, as well as the Brighton and Canton health centers. Before that, she was the chief nursing officer at Garden City Hospital and held leadership positions within the Henry Ford Health System.

Zarb holds a master’s degree in management from Walsh College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oakland University and a diploma in nursing from the Henry Ford School of Nursing.

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