Vocera® Names Rhonda Collins as Chief Nursing Officer; Promotes
Steve Jackson to Chief Strategy Officer
SAN JOSE, Calif. - January 6, 2014 - Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading provider of integrated, intelligent communication solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, has named Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, as chief nursing officer, effective today. As CNO, Ms. Collins is responsible for working with nursing leadership groups globally to increase their understanding of Vocera solutions, share clinical best practices and to bring their specific requirements to Vocera's product and solutions teams. Vocera also announced the promotion of Steve Jackson to chief strategy officer. In his new role, Mr. Jackson will oversee Vocera's corporate strategy, and M&A activities as well as drive thought leadership through the company's Experience Innovation Network.
"We are thrilled to have a clinical expert of Rhonda's caliber join Vocera as we continue to work closely with customers to address some of the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry around the world, " stated Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. "Additionally, as Vocera continues to expand its footprint in its key markets, the elevation of Steve Jackson to Chief Strategy Officer will enable us to focus on adding new technologies, routes to market and new customers as part of our overall growth strategy."
In addition to working with nursing leadership groups, Ms. Collins will partner with Vocera's broad team of clinical experts, including chief medical officer, M. Bridget Duffy, MD, to accelerate our growth by continuing the legacy of delivering high quality customer service and product solutions which enabled the company to earn the 2013 Best of KLAS award for Healthcare Communications.
Prior to joining Vocera, Ms. Collins was vice president and business manager for Fresenius Kabi, USA, responsible for the launch of the company's Intravenous Infusion Pump in the U.S. and led the American Nurse Project, elevating the voice of nurses across the country. Through her previous experience at Masimo Corporation as vice president of nursing and Baylor University Medical Center as vice president, woman and children's services, Ms. Collins has deep experience maximizing market share and profitability while building on best clinical and business practices. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University; a Master's in Science Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Registered Nurse.
"Vocera offers the nursing community smart ways to work and communicate, leaving more time to offer patients the quality care they deserve," said Collins. "I am excited to join Vocera during this time of growth and innovation in the mobile communications market."
Steve Jackson has served as COO of ExperiaHealth, now known as the Experience Innovation Network, part of Vocera, since August 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Jackson was a member of Vocera's business development team from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for strategic planning, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Vocera, Mr. Jackson was at The Advisory Board Company, Neoforma and Stockamp & Associates. Mr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
"Vocera is well-positioned to capitalize on emerging trends in mission-critical communications," said Jackson. "I look forward to helping execute our strategic initiatives to drive growth, product and market differentiation, and shareholder value as we expand our opportunities not only in our flagship healthcare IT industry but also in non-healthcare markets such as hospitality, energy and other mobile communications sectors."
Vocera empowers integrated, intelligent communication for mission-critical environments in healthcare, hospitality, energy, retail and other mobile work environments. One of the fastest growing mobile technology companies, Vocera is widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate that improve patient and customer satisfaction. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, Vocera® Voice Communication, Secure Messaging, and Care Experience solutions are installed in more than 1,000 organizations worldwide. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in Tennessee, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraCom on Twitter.
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