By KAREN FRAKER
TOLEDO – Jodi Rucker, vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer at ProMedica Memorial and Fostoria Community Hospital, recently received a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award at the 23rd annual ceremony. She was selected from a record number of 255 candidates.
The death of her father as a result of a serious safety event at a world-renowned hospital drove Rucker to become a chief nursing officer. In this role since 2015, she ensures processes are in place to minimize the likelihood of a serious safety event. In 2017 she gained the added responsibility of CNO of the ProMedica Center of Nursing Excellence. She served as a volunteer examiner for The Partnership for Excellence in 2018.
Rucker, a resident of Bellevue, has received numerous awards during her career, including the ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s Partnership for Excellence Governor’s Award in 2016 and 2017.
Rucker is a member of Sandusky County Family and Children First Council, a Terra State University Nursing Advisory Board member and a ProMedica Health system Nursing Advisory Board member. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Purple Pride in Fremont.
She earned an associate degree in nursing from Lorain County Community College, obtained a bachelor and master of science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition. It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 460 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.
Program sponsors include Eastman & Smith; Fifth Third Bank; Plante Moran; The Andersons, Inc.; University of Toledo Alumni Association and Sauder Woodworking Co. The Toledo Business Journal serves as the media partner, Leadership Toledo serves as the community partner and The Creative Block is the website partner. Community support is provided by EPIC Toledo, The Toledo Symphony, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, Toledo Zoo, Ulrich Pinciotti and the Valentine Theatre.