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Larry Strassner, PhD, FACHE, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Larry Strassner, PhD, FACHE, RN, NEA-BC, is the senior vice president of Operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Under his leadership, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center achieved initial Magnet designation in November 2008 and redesignation in July 2013. In this role, Strassner serves as senior operational and nursing leader, and has operational and strategic business responsibilities for the Medicine, Surgery, Women and Children, Behavioral Health, and Nursing Administration departments. He is accountable for nursing quality, patient safety, and overall nursing leadership and nursing professional practice at his hospital. Strassner has operational and strategic business responsibilities for Pharmacy, Clinical Laboratory/Pathology, Nutrition Services, Cardiopulmonary Services (Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Center, Pulmonary Functions, EEG, EKG, and Catheterization Laboratory), Imaging Services (Interventional and Diagnostic), Pastoral Care, Volunteer Services, Auxiliary, Patient Advocacy, Clinical Informatics, Plant Operations, Security, Biomedical Engineering, and Environmental Services.

Strassner joined Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in 2004 as the clinical administrator of Medicine and in that same year, was promoted to vice president of Patient Care and CNO. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president of Operations and CNO. He served as director of Critical Care at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda before joining MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He has more than 27 years of progressive experience as a hospital and nursing leader, serving as an assistant director of Surgical Nursing at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and as director of Critical Care Nursing at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Strassner has also served as a senior healthcare consultant for Arthur Andersen, LLC, and Ernst and Young, LLC.

Strassner has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration/Trauma Critical Care from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Administration from Warren National University in Cheyenne, Wy.

Strassner is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a member of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and American College of Healthcare Executives.