Frank Cracolici, R.N., discuses his new role as president and chief executive of St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles’s oldest hospital.
It has 366 beds and more than 1,300 employees, and continues to focus on caring for the residents of downtown Los Angeles.
He told Becker’s Hospital Review that his nursing background taught him:
“One of the first things clinicians learn is how to be non-judgmental. Recognizing the humanness in individuals is an important lesson. In my mind, nursing helped that. The patient is the center of everything we do [at St. Vincent], and when you have a clinical background, you walk the walk and talk the talk. I’ve sat with patients who were critically ill or dying, and it helps me humanize everything that happens within the walls of this hospital. [My background has] helped me understand the importance of nursing and where the focus needs to be, and that’s around the patient experience.”