Shawn Ulreich, DSc, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing executive and senior vice president of a $6.9 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. Shawn is responsible for the practice of nursing and pharmacy services within the 14-hospital system.  

Shawn is health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading nursing and clinical departments. She joined Spectrum Health in 2004 as chief nursing officer and vice president of operations. Throughout her tenure at Spectrum Health, Shawn has been responsible for a number of clinical departments, including laboratory, nursing, pastoral care, pharmacy, respiratory and surgical services, as well as Spectrum Health Aero Med and North Flight Aero Med. She currently has responsibility for 3,000 employees. Under Shawn’s leadership, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids has achieved Magnet Recognition Program® status three times. 

Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Shawn served for five years as chief nursing officer and chair of the division of nursing at the Cleveland Clinic. In that role, she had direct responsibility for professional nursing practice within the division of nursing and surgical services. She also led that organization to its first Magnet designation. Within the Cleveland Clinic, Shawn held a number of roles of increasing leadership. Shawn started her career as a staff nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, and later joined Parkview Osteopathic Hospital as the director of staff development.   

Shawn earned a doctoral degree in health service administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham, a master’s degree in nursing from Kent State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University