Josephine Politico Abboud, BSN’95, was honored as the College of Nursing Alumni Merit Award recipient at the Evening of Honors ceremony and reception on Friday, Feb. 7.
The Creighton University Alumni Merit Award recognizes outstanding alumni from each school and college. These passionate leaders touch and enrich lives, encouraging and inspiring others while they serve selflessly, making a difference in their communities and leaving the world a better place.
Josie Politico Abboud graduated from the College of Nursing and began her career as a critical care staff nurse at Omaha’s Methodist Hospital. She held a number of leadership roles within various hospital departments before being named vice president of ancillary and professional services for the hospital in 2008. She was later named executive vice president and chief operating officer and in 2018, Abboud became the first woman to lead Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital as president and CEO.
Abboud’s skills in building relationships with physicians, clinical staff and others have allowed the health system to continue to serve the growing health care needs of the community. A confident and collaborative leader, Abboud has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top female hospital and health system leader. In 2017, she was the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Award and the American Cancer Society National St. George Award, as an outstanding community volunteer and in recognition of her distinguished service.
She is an active community leader and currently serves on numerous boards, including Creighton’s College of Nursing Alumni Advisory Board, Creighton Prep, Marian High School, Archbishop’s Committee for Development, Hospice House and the Nebraska Hospital Association. She is also devoted to and proud of her family; her husband, Jason, and kids, Xavier and Brielle.