Kane County Hospital new nursing leadership

Kane County Hospital would like to introduce you to our team of nursing leaders. My name is Dr. Julia Sbragia DNP CNS RN, and I am proud to have accepted the position of the chief nursing officer at KCH. I became a nurse in 1993, have spent most my career in the fi elds of emergency, intensive care and flight nursing. My most recent position, however, was as a nursing instructor with Purdue University Northwest.

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The new heads of nursing at Kane County Hospital, left to right: Beth Stephens, Nurse Manager; Nicole Ramirez, Nurse Educator; Julia Sbragia, Chief Nursing Operator. Photo by Kane County Hospital.

I have a passion for servant leadership and minimizing barriers in access to care. My hope is to continue to elevate the care and services available here at KCH and to eliminate any barriers the nurses may experience in continuing to offer you the highest quality care. I am also overjoyed to welcome two highly educated and motivated nursing leaders to the team here at KCH. Beth Stephens MSN RNC-OB is our new nurse manager and Nicole Ramirez MSN RN has accepted the position of education, informatics and quality nurse! Together, with these highly accomplished nurses, I know that there are more great things in the future for KCH.


On a personal note, my wife Maria and I moved here in 2017, and have quickly accumulated quite the menagerie of six goats, four horses, four dogs, three cats and most recently, three donkeys (a risk you take in moving so close to one of the world’s most well-known animal sanctuaries). We are loving our life here and this lovely and welcoming community and we look forward to serving you for years to come.

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Meet the Nurse Manager, Beth Stephens MSN RNC-OB:

Beth comes to us with extensive OB and education experience. She is a certified OB nurse and has maintained the double life of both clinical experience and academia for several years. She has worked in hospitals of all sizes and shapes is excited to get to know Kane County.


Meet the Education/Informatic/ Quality Nurse, Nicole Ramirez MSN RN:

Nicole has been with us as a staff nurse for several years. She came to us with rich experience in the fi elds of critical care, emergency and medical surgical nursing and has served as an academic coach at the university level. She has a passion for quality improvement and the impact that education can have on improved patient outcomes.


For questions, and a list of open positions, call Julia Sbragia DNP, Chief Nursing Officer at 435-644-4145.

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