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DNP '11 Alumna Emory Appointed Senior Director of Behavioral Health Sciences and Chief of Psychiatric Nursing at DUHS

Friday, June 8, 2018

DNP '11 alumna Sara Emory was recently appointed to Senior Director of Behavioral Health Sciences and Chief of Psychiatric Nursing for Duke University Health System. Her new title was effective June 1, 2018 and she will report to Carey Unger with a dotted line to Mary Ann Fuchs. 

Sara graduated from Cabarrus Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and began her career at John Umstead Hospital. In 1986, she went to work at Durham Regional Hospital (DRH) and opened the current psychiatric unit there. For the next 19 years, she supervised the adolescent, adult, geriatric and substance abuse programs located at DRH before moving to Duke Hospital to manage psychiatric services (inpatient, outpatient and ECT) in 2005. Sara has her BSN from NCCU and her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from UNC-CH. She completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice from Duke University School of Nursing in 2011 and is certified by the ANCC as an adult psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.

DUHS continues to evolve in its leadership structure to best support the growing behavioral health practice across the health system, and Sara will continue to play a key part in this. In her new role, she will continue to oversee the inpatient and hospital-based services across the health system, as well as have programmatic and practice oversight of health system employed mental health providers. She will also serve on the DUHS Nursing Executive Council and will support the development and implementation of nursing’s strategic plan. Sara’s knowledge and expertise make her an ideal candidate to partner with us as we ensure we have effective and efficient behavioral health, nursing and patient care programs to help us grow in the future.

Congratulations on your appointment, Sara!