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 2014 Commencement Honoree

Susan Annicelli ’78 Susan Annicelli ’78 RN, MS, MSN
Honorary Doctor of Nursing

Colonel (Retired), United States Army

Colonel (Retired) Susan Annicelli ’78 is an Ambulatory Field Surveyor with the Department of Accreditation and Certification Operations at The Joint Commission. Before joining The Joint Commission team, Colonel Annicelli held positions as a practitioner, educator, consultant and senior health care executive in the U.S. Army.

In 2010, she commanded the newest and most technologically advanced hospital in the Department of Defense–the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. The complex consists of 120 acute-care beds and more than 50 ambulatory clinics. Specialty services included robotic surgery, multi-service endoscopy, invasive cardiology, pain management, radiation oncology, a stone center, residency training programs and two satellite primary care clinics supporting more than 85,000 people. She retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of active military service.

Other assignments have included Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington where she served as Deputy Commander, managing 1,400 people in the departments of nursing, social work and ministry; and Raymond W. Bliss Army Community Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona where she served as Commander, overseeing health care delivery for 20,000 service personnel, their families, and 3,000 students.

Colonel Annicelli is a 1978 graduate of UMass Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Master of Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, earning a Master’s in Strategic Studies.