Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP

Dartmouth Health System Chief Nursing Executive (SCNE)

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP, was named the Chief Nursing Executive for the Dartmouth Health system in June 2017. In this role, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction for nursing across the system and for creating alignment for high-quality nursing practice across all Dartmouth Health entities.

Reeves possesses decades of knowledge and experience and has been a member of the Dartmouth Health community for more than 40 years. Early in her career, her clinical specialty was medical oncology, with a sub-specialty in radiation oncology nursing. Later she served on the Senior Leadership Team, where she was administratively responsible for the inpatient hospital, the Dartmouth Cancer Center (f.k.a. Norris Cotton Cancer Center) and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Emergency Services programs. As part of a contractual arrangement with D-H, beginning in 2007, Reeves led the Nursing Program at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, as the Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She stayed there until her return to Dartmouth Health as the Chief Nursing Executive in June 2017.  From 2020-2024, Reeves served as the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Executive Vice President and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academic medical center, including its research and education programs.

Reeves received her Diploma in Nursing from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 1980. She earned her Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing in 1988 from Colby-Sawyer College. Reeves attended the University of New Hampshire in Concord, NH, where she earned her master's degree in Nursing Administration in 1991, and earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, in 2010.

Reeves is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine with a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College (Geisel). Additionally, she is a Professor Emeritus at Colby-Sawyer College. Her scholarship interests lie in the field of health care quality and patient safety, organizational ethics, and she actively participates in numerous local, regional and national programs with this focus. She serves on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Hospital Association as its Vice Chair and will assume the Chair role in October of 2024.

Reeves and her husband, David, live in New London, NH. They have two sons and two grandchildren.


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