Out of the Box Ideas~ Out of This World Solutions
Transforming Health Care for the Future
VGH works with clients to bring direction and operational efficiency to teams, departments or to the organization as a whole. We focus on a combination of strategic direction and attention to operational details that make things work. VGH is a management consulting organization that is focused on establishing and delivering high quality and safe patient-centered care through the transformation of workforces, teams and leaders to take a fresh approach to solving problems.
Projects range from creative approaches to workforce development to clinical team leadership/management training for workforce and organizational change needed to achieve innovative and evidence based programs that are hardwired for success.
Vision: Every Problem is an Opportunity for an Innovative Solution
Mission: Develop Teams to Achieve Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems
Particular expertise in managing complex projects within large organizations. Able to work successfully with C Suite, boards of trustees, business leaders, and interdisciplinary clinical teams to achieve Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems
Consulting engagements have spanned hospitals, health care systems, educational institutions, information technology companies, device, pharmaceutical and professional services organizations.
Nancy Valentine is interested in having a conversation with you regarding a problem you would like solved.
Nancy is an exceptional nursing leader and a true visionary. She has dedicated herself to the advancement, recognition and appreciation of nurses in multiple high profile positions with passion and great success. Nancy has that rare ability to think outside of the box to generate novel ideas to difficult problems. She also builds, develops and supports strong leadership teams.
Karen Kirby, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE,
President & CEO, Kirby Bates Associates, Inc.
On a very short deadline, Nancy engaged with us to support our efforts to conduct research, analyze data, and develop a compelling business case for a Board level presentation of a new investment area related to Nursing Education. With her professional experience, strong influence network, and her vast first-hand knowledge of the nursing and healthcare profession, Nancy brought perspective and objectivity to a critical strategic decision-making time for our business. She was persistent, flexible, collaborative, and personally committed to complete a quality and timely project report for us, despite a last-minute redirection of approach. While her professionalism, and straightforward communication style are notable strengths, what sets Nancy apart for me is her candor and delightful sense of humor—you too will find working with Nancy a distinct pleasure.
Marlene Galante, General Manager Skyscape, Inc.
Allen Schaeffer MD, former CMO, CIGNA HealthCare
Division of Medical Policy and Health Strategy
“I had the pleasure of working with Nancy Valentine for six years in her role as system CNO of Main Line Health. I found her to be inspiring and creative in focusing nurse leaders on the ten years ahead of us. She exhibited great insight in positioning nursing to thrive during the upcoming economic and political firestorm facing health care today. Nancy engaged the Deans from the Universities around us inspiring them to understand future roles of nurses and needed curriculum preparation on their behalf.
Jan Nash PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer
Paoli Hospital Paoli, PA
When CNO Nancy Valentine presented the nursing and patient care services strategic plan to the President’s Group, I could see how it fit into the overall Main Line Health strategic plan and that was something new. Sometimes nursing seems to be an afterthought in such discussion, where here, it was integrated into the entire plan of the organization. That was a differentiator. Sometimes it seems nursing goes off in their own direction. While the former nursing strategic plan was a good plan and addressed what nurses needed, I could not see how it related to the entire system. This time, I could see the framework for how nursing was playing a role in quality and safety, how they were addressing areas that relate to highly engaged people etc. The presentation and the actual plan was a very good communication tool and illustrated clearly the role that nurses played.
Chief Operating Officer
Accountable Care Organization of
Pennsylvania, Jefferson Health System
Nancy Valentine has been a stellar member of Hill-Rom’s Chief Nurse Executive Advisory Board for six years. Her creativity and out of the box approach to problem solving and assessment have moved us forward and have contributed to improvements in our teams, tools and processes. Nancy is a mentor to all and a consummate healthcare leader. Her experiences in a variety of settings, organizations and roles have led to Nancy’s big picture, strategic and innovative mindset. She willingly shares her thoughts and informed opinions and seeks to understand the viewpoints of those around her. Nancy has a fabulous sense of humor, high energy and an infectious laugh. She makes everyone around her better and is a true colleague and friend.
Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN
Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
“There are few consultants in health care who bring the breadth of experience and knowledge of Dr. Valentine. Trained in nursing through her advanced practice masters degree from Penn, Nancy has held leadership positions at Harvard (McLean Hospital) and Boston City Hospital. Before leaving the Boston area, she also completed her PhD in Health Policy from Brandeis (while working full-time). From Boston, she went on to senior leadership positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs, CIGNA Health Care, and Main Line Health System. In short, Nancy understands critical issues at the level of direct patient care (across the span of health care services), to the leadership of a large public sector health system, managed care, and a multi-hospital suburban-based system of care. Nancy is also a delight to work with. As a consultant, she functions as a colleague! We have worked together as consultants to the University of Vermont and the Fletcher Allen Health System in the Burlington area, and previously as colleagues at McLean Hospital. She has my highest possible recommendation.”
Roger E. Meyer, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
former VP Health Affairs, Executive Dean and CEO, George Washington University Medical Center.
“The combination of policy and executive leadership/management perspectives enables Dr Valentine both to see the bigger picture and also to manage the details that bring success to a given project. Her ground breaking work at VA opened doors for nurses to gain additional education, research funds and the opportunity for APRN’s to practice at the full extent of their license. The role of national nursing executive that she articulated in person at CIGNA HealthCare has been replicated at United HealthCare, AETNA and set the bar for other business environments. At Regis College she was the first nurse to receive an honorary degree and as a trustee she was a trusted advisor for a growing nursing program. Her hallmarks are building strong teams to get a job done while dealing with controversy and resistance from those who work against change, taking a thoroughly interdisciplinary and communal approach, while having excellent communication skills where she is at ease in all forums. If our country had a position of “Nurse General” as we have “Surgeon General”, Nancy should have that job as her combination of elements-training, experience, insight, personality-would be beneficial for thousands on a national level.”
Mary Jane England, MD
Clinical Professor and Chair ad interim
Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
former President, Regis College. Weston, MA
“I have had the great pleasure of working together with Nancy Valentine, a member of the Board of Trustees of Chamberlain College of Nursing. Nancy is exceptionally intelligent, thoughtful and innovative in her thinking, which, combined with her extraordinarily broad experience and ability to articulate her ideas clearly and powerfully, makes her extremely valuable and effective.”
Bill Hughson, Former President of the
Healthcare Group, DeVry, Inc. and Current
CEO of IntegraMed Fertility
Nancy brought a level of expertise to the academic review at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that was essential to our success in moving forward to improve our nursing practice. She was respectful of where we were yet focused on what is possible and inspired us to move forward. She was an excellent external expert to us at an important time of transformation of how we are doing business to meet future challenges.
Mary Dee Hacker
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Administration| Patient Care Services
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
On behalf of all the various functions at Otsuka and Sales Training, we sincerely appreciated Nancy’s clear thinking, flexibility, perseverance, patience, and supreme professionalism throughout the process of developing a dynamic training program for our clinical nurse educators. The feedback on the workshop was extremely positive!
Sr. Manager, Sales Training & Development, Neuroscience
Otsuka -US Pharmaceuticals