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Holy Cross Hospital Names Debra Cohen as 2013 Leader of the Year

Debbie Cohen Awarded as Holy Cross Hospital 2013 Leader of the Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Hollywood resident Debra Cohen, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., N.E.-B.C., has been honored by Fort Lauderdale-based Holy Cross Hospital as its 2013 Leader of the Year for her role as the executive director of nursing for the hospital's medical/surgical, telemetry, orthopedics, intensive rehabilitation, and palliative care departments.

"A collaborative, servant-leader, Debra is approachable, positive, calm, intelligent and creative," said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. "Dedicated and passionate about her profession and role at Holy Cross, Debra has a keen business acumen and high level of intuitiveness that influences others and creates positive change at the hospital. She emulates our core values and lives our mission of serving others with Christ-like compassion."

Overseeing 320 employees, Cohen serves as a key member of the hospital's nursing leadership team. She played a critical role in the hospital's process to earn Magnet certification and was integral during the hospital's implementation of iCare, a data management and electronic health records system.

"This award is truly a team award," Cohen said. "I wouldn't be able to perform my daily duties without the talented staff I have working alongside me, and all of the accomplishments I have achieved are a direct result of our teamwork."

Cohen received her master's degree in business leadership from National Louis University in Evanston, Ill., and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Certified as a nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Cohen is a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association.


A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy, visit, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

Photo: Holy Cross Executive Director of Nursing Debra Cohen with Holy Cross President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D., as she is honored as Holy Cross Hospital's 2013 Leader of the Year

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