Good Samaritan Hospital January 03, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital announced that Wendy Foad, RN, BSN, MS, NEA-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), effective January 2, 2018. Foad, who has more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, will be responsible for providing leadership and administration of direct patient care activities, nursing practice, and nursing education and development. Additionally, she will help drive employee engagement, quality, patient safety, and the overall patient experience at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Foad most recently served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif., where she led nursing care and nursing practice. She worked at Stanford Health Care for 16 years, including a year-long stint as Interim Vice President, Patient Care Services and CNO which involved leading 2,600 nurses across Stanford Hospital and all Clinical Support Services. At Stanford, she also held roles as Director of Nursing, Administrative Director of Operations, and Heart Center Manager.  

“Wendy’s extensive local leadership experience, coupled with her commitment to excellent care, makes her the ideal executive to lead our nurses,” said Joe DeSchryver, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “She will be a superb asset to our compassionate, patient centered care team.”

Prior to her years at Stanford Health Care, she was the Clinical Manager of Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont, Calif., a multi-specialty practice with more than 55 physicians. She began her career in England, where she held roles as Nurse Manager, Medicine at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and Nurse Manager, Trauma and Orthopedics, ENT, ER, Pediatric ENT and Orthopedics at Stockport Infirmary in Cheshire.

“Good Samaritan Hospital’s reputation for quality care delivered by compassionate nurses precedes itself,” said Foad. “I am excited to be a leader in an organization where safety, quality and employee and patient satisfaction are so highly valued.”

Foad received her Bachelors in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Surrey University in Guildford, UK. She is a Registered Nurse and is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced.

About Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital, a 474-bed acute care hospital in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been delivering elite level care with compassion since 1965. Its two locations include the main campus in San Jose, California and the Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos, California. Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized nationally for quality and safety by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® and with the Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification, and for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification. Good Samaritan Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center, and a five-time recipient of the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Achievement Award in cancer care. For more information visit,