Guardia Banister, PhD, RN
Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Guardia Banister received an MSN and PhD in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She embarked on her nursing career in the early 1980’s serving as a Psychiatric Staff Nurse at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Dr. Banister has served in pivotal nursing administration roles at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. including Director of Nursing, Vice President and Senior VP for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Her responsibilities include the oversight of a collaborative of centers and programs that drive innovations in patient care, education and research. She has been instrumental in obtaining nearly $15 million for research and grant support for Providence Hospital.