Loretta Schmidt is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Saint Joseph Health Systems (SJHS), providing clinical and administrative leadership for planning, directing, monitoring and evaluating safe, high-quality patient care across SJHS to advance clinical practice. Prior to her appointment as CNO, Loretta was president of Saint Joseph Health System Plymouth Medical Center. She has served in various nursing and performance improvement management roles since 2001. Schmidt has more than 23 years of experience as a registered nurse with a diverse background including critical care, home care, emergency medicine, medical-surgical, quality, risk management and accreditation. Loretta received her Post Graduate Business Certification from Indiana University South Bend, her Master’s Degree in Family Practice Nurse/Nursing from Valparaiso University, and she is completing her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.