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Suburban Community Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

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Suburban Community Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Marketing and Communications

Suburban Community Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

East Norriton, PA (September 27, 2021) – Suburban Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of James Hazlett MSN, RN NE-BC, to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). James has a proven track record of fostering a culture of ownership through accountability, respect, innovation, and program development. As CNO, he will provide clinical and administrative leadership for planning, organizing, directing, monitoring and evaluating safe high-quality patient care to advance the mission of Prime Healthcare and Suburban Community Hospital.

James brings more than 20 years of acute care hospital nursing experience to Suburban Community Hospital. Most recently, he served for eleven years as a Nurse Manager of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a 926-bed historic hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure, he served as co-chair and chair of the Nursing Leadership Forum at Thomas Jefferson, and manager liaison for the house-wide Quality, Safety and Outcomes nursing counsel. In addition, James oversaw the expansion of the medical intensive care unit, where he recruited, hired, and trained over 60 nurses during a 10-month period. Prior to Thomas Jefferson, James was the nurse manager at Aria Health Care System at its Torresdale Campus. He was responsible for a 24-bed trauma unit and 97 professional and ancillary staff. While at Aria Torresdale his units were awarded the AACN Beacon Award for critical care excellence and the Gift of Life Award for unit dedication to unit procurement.

Earlier in his career, James served as the patient care manager at Mercy Suburban Hospital, currently known as Suburban Community Hospital. James was the team lead for patient satisfaction and was ranked in the top 10 percent out of 800 hospitals for Overall Quality of Care surveys. While at Mercy Suburban Hospital, James increased the average daily census and created effective staffing patterns. He was also the co-leader for an initiative that resulted in eliminating falls and restraint usage on two hospitals units totaling 73 beds, and reducing restraint use by 40% in critical care.

“We are excited to have James return to Suburban Community Hospital and lead our nursing staff,” said Jackie Pester-Babcock, MSN, RN, regional chief nursing officer, Region II. “James is an innovative leader with vast experience at several hospitals. Members of our senior staff, colleagues, and Board members strongly endorsed him. He will be an outstanding addition to our team as we work together to transform health care and the way it’s delivered.”

James has held previous roles in his career as a unit coordinator, and staff RN in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson, and was the assistant director of Physician Plant at the Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr, PA.

James received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Immaculata College and his Master of Science from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Over the span of his career, James has been instrumental in establishing patient experience standards, helping to increase patient satisfaction, and significantly increasing hospital daily census.

James has been an active volunteer fire fighter since 1991 and served as the chief of the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department from 2014-16.

James Hazlettwill will take over as Chief Nursing Officer on September 27, 2021.


About Suburban Community Hospital - Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.  Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit