UT Health Center at Tyler names new VP for patient care operations and chief nursing officer

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Kleanthe C. Caruso, RN, has been named vice president for patient care operations and chief nursing officer of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

“Ms. Caruso brings great expertise and leadership to UTHSCT in hospital and clinic operations, care delivery, nurse recruitment, and academic nursing, including both teaching and research,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

Caruso comes to the Health Center from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. At UTMB, she was the director of Medical/Surgical Nursing and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Hospital, a position she had held since 1999.

“I am delighted to join this dynamic UTHSCT team. This is a very exciting time for us, as we have recently achieved major milestones in our journey to become a nationally recognized health science center. We will continue to build our institution into a center of excellence for patients, staff, East Texas, and beyond,” Caruso said.

From 1999-2005 and from 1984-1992, she was director of nursing at the TDCJ hospital. She also was administrator of Nursing Services at UTMB TDCJ Correctional Managed Care from 1994-1999. Before that, she was director of Patient Care Services at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas from 1992-1994. Ms. Caruso also was director of nurse recruitment for UTMB Nursing Services from 1990-1992.

Caruso has a master’s of science in nursing administration from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston. She has a bachelor’s of science in nursing from The University of Texas Nursing School in Galveston. Caruso is certified in advanced nursing administration by the American Nurses Association. In addition, Caruso has a post-graduate certificate from The University of Pennsylvania School of Business. She also is certified as a correctional health professional.

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