Walden Behavioral Care, one of the country’s leading hospitals for treating eating disorders, announced today that Lucille Force of Attleboro, Mass. has joined Walden Behavioral Care as Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
She is responsible for providing 24-hour accountability for the professional practice, administrative and clinical operations of Walden’s psychiatric and eating disorder units, and its residential program. She is also responsible for financial management, strategic planning, human resource management, and departmental and interpersonal communication.
Ms. Force has more than 20 years of nursing leadership experience, most recently as Chief Nurse Executive at Universal Health Services – Arbour Health Systems in Boston. Before that, she was an Associate Chief Nursing Officer with Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster. Ms. Force also served as Director of Women & Children’s Health at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, and as Nurse Manager at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I. She is currently an adjunct nursing professor at Bristol Community College, where she provides clinical instruction for nursing students in psychiatric nursing.
Force earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, her master’s in health administration from Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., and her bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University, Providence, R.I.