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LeeAnna Spiva, PhD, RN

System Assistant Vice President, Nursing Operations and Practice

Wellstar Health System

LeeAnna Spiva serves as assistant vice president for nursing operations and practice at Wellstar Health System. She is an accomplished nurse leader with proven success leading teams in the achievement of a vision for transforming, measuring and creating value in healthcare. She successfully led the clinical integration as Wellstar acquired six hospitals, ambulatory care and community-based facilities in 2016 and led a plan to integrate clinical research programs, including clinical trials, across 11 hospitals and physician clinics. She facilitated the successful role realignment of facility-based clinical nurse specialists and nurse educators to the system level. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, she led the creation of new healthcare delivery models and significantly contributed to Wellstar Douglas Hospital’s achievement of Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in April 2020.

Dr. Spiva holds adjunct professor positions at Georgia State University’s Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Kennesaw State University’s Wellstar School of Nursing. She is a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach and TeamSTEPPS master trainer. In addition, she is an active member of various professional organizations and serves on Wellstar’s institutional review board. She has presented and published over 100 publications and presentations.


21X—From RN to Chief Nursing Officer: Journeys of Leadership and Resiliency Amid Unprecedented Change

Presented by Jill Case-Wirth, RN, FAAN, LeeAnna Spiva, PhD, RN, Stephan Davis, DNP, FACHE, NEA-BC at 4:00 PM on Monday, March 28th.

According to recent surveys, many nurses and nurse leaders are preparing to exit their roles and/or leave the profession. While many executives may view succession management as a high priority, given that gaps in nursing leadership can be attributed to poorer patient outcomes, many nurses who are early careerists may not be interested in pursuing…