Keeping Up

December 15, 2022








Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health has announced these changes: Brian Smith is retiring Dec. 31 as president of the health system. He began at Bon Secours Mercy's predecessor Mercy Health in 1990. Andrea Gwyn to president of Mercy Health — St. Anne Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She will continue as president of Ohio's Mercy Health — Perrysburg Hospital, a position she has held since July 2021.

Ascension St. Vincent's Birmingham in Alabama has made these changes: Tim Puthoff to chief operating officer, Sheila McKenna to chief strategy officer and Betsy Pautler to chief mission integration officer.

Mary Carter Waren to mission leader of Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, part of Trinity Health.

Avera Health of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently received two grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support the nursing field and to address health care workforce capacity. The first grant, $1.5 million, will support a three-year Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program. That project will cross-train Avera staff to perform some tasks of nursing, such as documentation, allowing nurses to spend more time at the patient bedside. The grant-funded work also will train Avera clinicians in telemedicine, telemetry monitoring and virtual nursing. Avera also will establish a rural training network throughout South Dakota. The second HRSA grant is part of the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Registered Nurse Training Program. It provides $1 million over three years to prepare bachelor of science in nursing students and registered nurses for careers in rural critical access hospitals. The program will provide education in cultural awareness, social determinants of health, health equity and health literacy. Avera's lead partner in the work is South Dakota State University.

Philanthropist Rosaria Haugland is providing a $1 million matching gift to help PeaceHealth Oregon create a nursing institute. The PeaceHealth Oregon Institute for Nursing Excellence will pursue career development and retention of nurses; develop pipeline programs to increase the pool of new nurses; promote professional governance through shared decision-making; advance professional practice; and promote nursing innovation, evidence-based practices, and research. Haugland and her husband, Dick, formed biotech company Molecular Probes in 1975. That company provided fluorescent dyes for scientific and biomedical research. Rosaria Haugland is now retired.

The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation of Santa Maria, California, has received a $1 million donation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The funding will enable the hospital to purchase medical equipment to advance the hospital's heart center services, nursing services, surgical services, and neonatal intensive care unit. The new technology includes the GE S70 Vivid Dimension ultrasound system. Marian Regional is part of CommonSpirit Health.


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