The Senior Nursing Staff at Children's

Leadership is a critical part of any successful organization. At Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, our nursing leadership team is comprised of eight highly experienced individuals all uniquely qualified to handle their respective responsibilities.

To learn more about Children's talented leadership team, view their individual dossiers below:

Diane Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer

Heather Ambrose, DNP, RN, CPON, CPN
Director of Nursing

Patricia Bambrick, BSN, MSHS, CPHQ, RN
Senior Director, Quality, Safety, and Accreditation 

Paula Eicker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Director,  Transplant Services, Hematology/Oncology and Neurosciences Acute care units 7B, 9B and EMU

Kristen Straka, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
Senior Director, Ambulatory, Heart Institute, and Rehabilitation Services

Cynthia Valenta, MSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Director, Critical Care Services

Durae Vincze, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Clinical Director, Acute Medical/Surgical Services

Kristin Vitalone, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR
Director, Surgery/Anesthesia Services