Reinking ’87 to be Honored as Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Sept. 7, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—This year, Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing will honor Cheryl Reinking '87 with its Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence
in Nursing during Homecoming festivities.
Reinking is currently the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at El Camino Hospital in Mountain
View, Calif., where she oversees all nursing departments as well as other clinical
areas. As a member of El Camino Hospital’s Magnet Committee, Reinking has helped the
hospital achieve Magnet status in 2005, 2010, and 2015, a distinct recognition by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for excellence in nursing.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Reinking
earned a master’s degree in nursing from San Jose State University. She began working
at El Camino Hospital over 29 years ago as a direct care nurse, and held various management
and director positions before assuming her current role as CNO.
She has published articles on improving patient’s transition from acute care to post
acute care and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the El Camino Hospital
Leadership in Action Award in 2005 and a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award in
On Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m., a social and awards ceremony honoring Reinking
will be held in the Center for Natural Sciences, where she will give remarks, “My
Notes on Nursing.” Following the social, tours of the School of Nursing’s recent renovations
will be available.