Ruth Kechnie Named Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at McLaren Flint

McLaren Flint has named Ruth Kechnie, MSA, BSN, NE-BC, as its Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Kechnie brings more than 25 years of experience to her new role, beginning first as a clinical nurse before earning leadership positions with increasing responsibility.

"McLaren Flint is a recognized leader in the community, one providing exceptional health care with quality outcomes,” Kechnie said. “It is an honor to join a team that has this level of commitment to our patients. I look forward to working with hospital and nursing leadership and the dedicated caregivers serving at the bedside.”

Kechnie will provide administrative leadership and support to McLaren Flint nursing staff in driving quality outcomes, maintaining a safe care environment, and creating a positive and collaborative patient-focused atmosphere.

“McLaren Flint is excited to add a healthcare professional of Ruth’s integrity and dedication for patient care to our team,” said Chris Candela, McLaren Flint president and CEO. “Her passion for nursing and fostering an environment that focuses on excellence in quality patient care and exceptional patient satisfaction is evident to all who interact with her. She is an advocate for the nursing profession and supporting staff at a time when nursing is more critical than ever.”

Kechnie brings a broad range of experience to the executive nursing position, having managed patient care services in units specializing in oncology, orthopedics, surgery, observation, wound care, dialysis and surgical recovery, among others over more than a two-decade-long career in health care.

She obtained a Master of Science in Administration with a focus in health care administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor.

Kechnie has resided in Michigan for over 20 years and enjoys visiting the family cottage near Lake Huron in Lexington with family and friends.