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Hartford, CT — September 21, 2023 — Connecticut Children’s is proud to announce that Sarah Matney, MSOL, BSN, RN, CPON, CENP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, has been named to Becker’s “Chief Nursing Officers to Know” list for 2023.

Becker’s Hospital Review annually recognizes Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, particularly in the face of unprecedented challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. These leaders are acknowledged for effectively managing staffing shortages, nursing budgets, and pioneering professional pathways for the next generation of nurses.
Sarah Matney, as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, has consistently showcased exemplary clinical expertise and dynamic leadership. Her relentless dedication to ensuring outstanding patient care outcomes and optimizing healthcare makes her a deserving recipient of this prestigious recognition.

“This recognition is truly a testament to Sarah’s exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication. She exemplifies the essence of our mission at Connecticut Children’s – improving the physical and emotional health of children through family centered care, research, education and advocacy,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President & CEO, Connecticut Children’s. “Her commitment to excellence in healthcare and her visionary approach to nursing continue to inspire us all. We are immensely proud to have Sarah as a pivotal leader on our team, driving our organization towards a brighter and healthier future for the children in our care.”

With a career at Connecticut Children’s spanning over two decades, Sarah Matney has held diverse roles within nursing and clinical operations, illustrating her versatile skill set and deep-rooted commitment to providing exceptional healthcare. Matney’s steadfast leadership and continuous efforts in patient and family experience, quality improvement, and safety standards have significantly contributed to the organization’s success.

Having obtained her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University School of Business and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College, Matney holds certifications as an Executive Nurse Practitioner (CENP) and a Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON©).

The recognition by Becker’s Healthcare underscores the vital role Sarah Matney plays in steering Connecticut Children’s towards excellence and sets a high standard for the healthcare industry.

For more information about Sarah Matney’s achievements and to view the complete list of “Chief Nursing Officers to Know,” click here.

About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.