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Mary Beth White-Jacobs ’82

| Diane Walkoff

Mary Beth White-Jacobs ’82Mary Beth White-Jacobs '82, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, was named president and CEO of Black River Memorial Hospital in June 2013.

Beginning as a staff nurse at BRMH in 1982, White-Jacobs has held a variety of leadership positions within the hospital, most recently as vice president of patient care services.

"Health care is changing," White-Jacobs said. "So I'm excited to be involved at a time when hospitals like ours will need to be more innovative in how we deliver care."

White-Jacobs serves on the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board, which allows her to stay connected to the university while promoting and nurturing nursing leadership.

"I entered UW-Eau Claire as a pre-veterinary science major with a strong focus on biology courses," White-Jacobs said. "Listening to classmates talk about the excellent nursing program at UW-Eau Claire piqued my curiosity, so I applied and was accepted into the program. I found that my love of science could be directed to help patients and families understand and cope with their medical situation. That has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. UW-Eau Claire's focus on volunteer service and working in the community set me on a course to see the bigger picture and has supported me in my work as a nursing leader and now as a hospital leader."