Marietjie Van Der Heyde, MSN, MBA, RNC-NIC, has been named the System Nursing Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for Lee Memorial Health System. Marietjie will oversee and coordinate patient care and nursing services in the NICU to promote safe, effective and compassionate care. She also serves as a staff and patient advocate when collaborating on executive level decisions.
Van Der Heyde has been with the health system since 2012. “Marietjie’s rich, extensive background in neonatal nursing and healthcare leadership have been an invaluable asset in the NICU. She truly touches the lives of those she serves,” says Kathy Bridge-Liles, Chief Administrative Officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “She works continually to exceed the needs and expectations of both patients and staff and I have no doubt she will be exemplary in her new role.”
Van Der Heyde practiced in a variety of clinical and management roles in South Africa, where she spent the first 25 years of her career. She worked as a NICU staff nurse for four years at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. after deciding to move her family to the United States in 2008. She has been serving as the Clinical Supervisor of the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital since June of 2012, and accepted the role of Interim System Nursing Director of the NICU in December 2013.
Van Der Heyde holds a Bachelors in Nursing Administration and Education from the University of South Africa, a Masters in Neonatal Nursing and Advanced Labor and Delivery from Rand Afrikaans University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Witwatersrand.