Nursing Administrators: Vanderbilt Clinic/Vanderbilt Medical Groups

Robin Steaban | Katie Brennan | Ann Cross | Mary Duvanich | Carol Eck
Vicki Richard | Janice Smith

Robin Steaban, MSN, RN
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Nursing Officer,
Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics

Robin has over 15 years of nursing practice experience and an equal number of years of experience supporting those in practice while serving in various leadership roles. She thrives on the complexity and challenges of supporting the three pronged mission of an academic medical center and considers herself extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to lead patient care efforts at Vanderbilt. Robin has demonstrated an ability to lead teams and manage operations to deliver exceptional service, financial, and quality outcomes. Robin is committed to patients and thus, has a great appreciation and profound respect for staff and faculty that commit their lives to the care and service of others. She loves to study and apply the science of leadership and sees leadership as an opportunity and an obligation to create an environment that supports and encourages staff and faculty to use their full potential of intellect, skills, and compassion to optimize the health and well being of others.

Katie Brennan, MSN, RN, CDE
Assistant Administrator
Medicine Patient Care Center and Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinics - Adult and Pediatric

Katie is responsible for the management of the Eskind Diabetes Clinics and MPCC initiatives at the direction of the MPCC Administrative Director. She has a membership in AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators), ANA/TNA, and stays involved in school and church activities (she keeps busy at home with her kids and their fundraising and service projects!) Katie earned her BSN and MSN from Vanderbilt University. She loves working in an environment like Vanderbilt where there is always so much to learn and so many opportunities for professional growth. She feels fortunate to work with such a knowledgeable and diverse group of colleagues, and believes that Vanderbilt is the best place to receive care because of the commitment to excellence.

Ann Cross, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Administrative Director of Nursing
Vanderbilt Health Williamson

As Administrative Director of Nursing for VMG clinics in Williamson County, Ann directs the delivery of nursing care in urgent care, primary care, and specialty clinics throughout the county. Ann joined Vanderbilt 16 years ago in large part for the academic environment and the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new discoveries in the clinical arena as well as at the forefront of navigating the ever changing healthcare environment. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she worked in other health systems in Tennessee and Colorado. She earned a Master of Science with emphasis in psychiatric/mental health nursing from The University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration from Belmont University. She is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association and serves on the board of the Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee. Ann makes an annual trip to Guatemala to give care post-operatively to women and children.

Mary Duvanich, MSN, RN, MMHC
Administrative Director
Digestive Disease
Urology and Oral Health

Mary impacts VUMC nursing in several different ways. She is a strong advocate for ambulatory nursing in the Vanderbilt Medical Group and The Vanderbilt Clinic. She ensures that issues unique to the outpatient setting are addressed. She is also a vital member of many committees within VUMC that will help guide the long term plan for nursing. Mary has served in a variety of capacities include staff nurse, nurse manager and in administration. She came to Vanderbilt to work in an environment where nurses were encouraged to grow and their contributions are valued. Her favorite part of her job is the people she works with.

Carol Eck, BSN, RN, MBA
Administrative Director Officer
Vanderbilt Cancer Center

Carol is responsible for oversight of all adult in and out patient cancer services both on and off campus. As a leader of a growing patient care center, she works with managers to assure that they have the staffing necessary to provide safe, efficient and cost effective care to all of our patients and with nurses in patient care centers and all areas. Carol began as a manager in the outpatient area 31 years ago and assumed her current position in 1996. She was drawn to Vanderbilt for its reputation. Carol believes VUMC nurses have an opportunity not only to provide excellent patient care on a daily basis but to be involved in education and research. She points out that in cancer nursing, the treatments and technology are rapidly changing, and nurses have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of these changes.

Vicki Richard, BSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Assistant Administrator
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC)

Vicki is an Assistant Administrator at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Her current areas of responsibility include: on board and ongoing support for managers; Co Chair of VICC Quality Committee, and Co Chair Medication Use and Safety Improvement Committee. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, and Oncology Nurses Association (national and middle Tennessee chapter). Vicki received her BSN from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Vicki enjoys working at Vanderbilt because our triple mission of education, patient care, and research assures that patients receive excellent care, often having treatment options that would not be available with other providers. Vicki believes nursing is very strong at Vanderbilt and is proud of our Excellent Nursing Leadership as evidenced by our Magnet status, national recognition of our nursing leaders, and senior nursing leader participation in nursing management .

Janice Smith, RN, M.Ed, F.A.C.H.E.
Chief Administrative Officer
Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks and Vanderbilt Network Services

Janice serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks and Vanderbilt Network Services (VNS). One Hundred Oaks is an ambulatory medical campus six miles from Vanderbilt University Hospital where Smith is responsible for operations and strategic initiatives. Vanderbilt Network Services provides operational infrastructure and services to Vanderbilt clinics throughout Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky as well as operational support to affiliated organizations. As CAO for Vanderbilt Network Services, she is responsible for continued development of the MSO-like division and standardizing the Vanderbilt brand through common infrastructure and services. Janice began her nursing career in critical care and emergency medicine, then moved to ambulatory care where she has enjoyed numerous nursing and administrative positions in hospitals, academia, physician practice management, and consulting. Building on her interest in organizations and the business of healthcare, she received her Masters from Vanderbilt in Adult Education and Organizational Development, and returned to VUMC because of its collaborative environment, sense of community, and constant opportunity to explore new approaches to the delivery of health care. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.