HoyingCherylChief Nursing Executive and Patient Care Services Officer
Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, Ohio State College of Nursing


Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE, FAONL, became Ohio State’s chief nursing executive (CNE) and patient care services officer in August 2019. Dr. Hoying has familiarity with our hospitals, as she served as administrative director and administrator for Patient Care Services from 1999 – 2005.

As CNE, Dr. Hoying is charged with advancing strategic initiatives, developing an integrated nursing leadership structure, promoting interprofessional collaboration, creating common operational systems for workforce planning, ensuring excellence in nursing practice and maintaining and advancing Magnet® designation.

Dr. Hoying returns to Ohio State after serving as senior consultant for Values Coach Inc. from mid-2018 through mid-2019. In this role, she developed strategies for more effectively adapting and promoting programs for pediatric hospitals and other specialty healthcare facilities and advised the CEO on how to refine their services to engage healthcare leaders.

From 2005 to 2018, she was senior vice president of Patient Services for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the third-ranked children’s hospital in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. She managed budgets, staffing, quality and safety, professional development and enrichment for nursing and allied health areas. She was instrumental in establishing one professional model for the medical center’s nursing and allied health professionals.

During her time in Cincinnati, Dr. Hoying was both the associate dean and then interim dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, leading 130 faculty members and 2,700 nursing students.

Dr. Hoying served as administrative director and then administrator for Patient Care Services at Ohio State from 1999 – 2005, responsible for strategic leadership throughout the patient care areas and accountable for nursing standards of care. Among her achievements here was her critical leadership of the detailed Magnet application process that resulted in University Hospital earning Magnet status for the first time (February 2005), one of the most prominent and difficult nursing honors a hospital can achieve. Additionally, she assisted with the planning and design of the Ross Heart Hospital’s universal room concept ahead of its 2004 opening. These two accomplishments continue to make a difference in the care Ohio State Wexner Medical Center provides our patients.

Dr. Hoying earned a master’s degree from Wright State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She is a graduate of the Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives from the Wharton School and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She was selected in 2018 for the Wright State University – Miami Valley College of Nursing Alumni Wall of Fame. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Hoying has been professionally active since 1989 with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (now the American Organization for Nursing Leadership), holding multiple leadership and committee positions, including president in 2011.