Karen Drenkard
SVP/ Chief Nurse and Chief Clinical Officer



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Chief Clinical & Nursing Officer Dr. Karen Drenkard leads GetWellNetwork’s clinical team, advising on best practice implementation in the use of technology to enhance the patient and family experience. As head of the O’Neil Center, the patient engagement industry’s first “think tank,” she oversees research and efforts to help health care providers translate patient and family engagement theory into practice.

Dr. Drenkard built a career on ensuring nursing excellence. Her resume includes executive leadership positions with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet Recognition Program and Inova Health System. GetWellNetwork relies on her clinical perspective and deep expertise in patient and family engagement to develop cross-continuum solutions that benefit patients, clinicians and health care administrators alike.

She earned her doctorate in nursing administration from George Mason University, and received a Master of Science in nursing from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Russell Sage College. Dr. Drenkard is a certified Nurse Executive, Advanced and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.



  1. Karen is an amazing mentor with her team, our business and our clients best interest at heart at all times. She is solution oriented and able to make tough decisions when needed. She leads by example with servant leadership as her foundation and top notch emotional intelligence. We are so lucky to have her at GetWellNetwork.

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  2. Karen goes above and beyond to support clinicians and patients to have the best experience. Her work with engaging patients and families is non-stop. Karen has the energy and motivation to move mountains and make a positive impact! She is definitely one of a kind!

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  3. International Nursing Opinion Leader, Expert in how technology is transforming care, relationships with colleagues and contributions to health policy, mentorship

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  4. Karen is a great innovative lead by example executive leader. She helps drive the engagement from not only our clients but our team members as well.

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  5. Karen’s enthusiasm is contagious. She is thoughtful, intelligent, and a true advocate for the nursing profession.

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  6. Leadership, innovative

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