June 15, 2016 -
Changes Include Four Promotions, One Transition
PORT ANGELES – Five Olympic Medical Center employees are included in management changes that occurred in the first five months of 2016.
Linda Bryant, RN; Robin Burse, RN; Leonard Anderson and Rhonda Bowen each earned promotions in their respective areas. Deby King completed her project management role of Epic and transitioned to direct another clinical service area.
"We are very fortunate to have such qualified and skilled employees to step into these existing and new leadership positions,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer.
Director of Surgical Services
Most recently, Linda Bryant, RN, accepted Olympic Medical’s offer to become Director of Surgical Services. She replaces long-time director Mary Romstadt, RN, who retired early this year. "Linda brings solid skills to this position, with her consistent experience of work across a diversity of nursing roles, including surgical, clinical and supervisory roles,” says Lorraine Wall, RN, chief nursing officer, Olympic Medical. "She has been energetic and inspiring in her short time as the interim surgical services director.”
Bryant has both frontline and management surgical services experience, and has worked at Olympic Medical for 10 years. She also holds a Master of Business Administration.
With additional surgeons on medical staff and an expansion of available surgical procedures, this is a growth year for the surgery unit. "We are pleased Linda is taking on this leadership role and are confident she will help our surgical unit to continue to be successful.”
Director of Medical / Surgical / Pediatrics
Robin Burse, RN, was named director of the medical / surgical / pediatrics unit in late April after long-time director Tanya Rutherford accepted another position in Montana. A 12-year employee, Burse spent the last four years as the supervisor of the unit. The department has 94 staff members and manages 39 patient beds at the hospital.
"Robin’s unit cares for patients of all ages, with a wide range of medical and surgical needs. It is a challenging – but rewarding – job to manage this complex unit, yet Robin has enthusiastically embraced this role and is doing an excellent job,” says Lorraine Wall, RN, chief nursing officer, Olympic Medical.
Burse, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is currently enrolled in a Master of Nursing program.
Director of Laboratory
Deby King transitioned from coordinating Olympic Medical’s implementation and stabilization of the Epic electronic health record system to directing laboratory services at Olympic Medical. The hospital-owned laboratory is a 24-hour, full-service laboratory for hospital inpatient services and the emergency department, but also offers convenient outpatient locations throughout Port Angeles and Sequim. Additionally, the lab services a number of non-Olympic Medical Center physician offices throughout the area as well.
Previous to the Epic implementation, Deby successfully directed the diagnostic imaging services department. "Deby excels at working across the health care continuum to ensure her area collaborates with others in order to provide excellent patient care,” says Dr. Kennedy. "The laboratory is tightly integrated with nearly every service we provide, and we couldn’t be more pleased that she agreed to direct the laboratory service.”
Debbie Nelson, laboratory manager, continues to offer day-to-day management of the clinical lab services at the hospital. "We are very thankful to Debbie for stepping up and supporting the entire laboratory service in the last year.”
Heart Center Manager
Leonard Anderson, a nine-year employee in the cardiac services area, earned a promotion to Heart Center manager in April. Ami Calvert, previous manager, is a member of a United States Coast Guard family that transferred this May.
"Leonard was chosen from a sizable pool of candidates,” says Darryl Wolfe, recently appointed chief financial officer, Olympic Medical. "He has an interesting and diverse background and has proven excellence in many settings. His straightforward style, management experience and strong desire to keep the Heart Center moving forward clinically and professionally earned him this position.”
Anderson developed and implemented the Olympic Medical Heart Center pulmonary rehabilitation program, and has held the positions of pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator, exercise specialist, and most recently chronic disease programs coordinator. Anderson holds a master’s degree in physical education from the Citadel in North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon, where his education focused on physical education with an emphasis in fitness and lifestyle management.
Director of Safety Program
Rhonda Bowen was promoted to director of Olympic Medical’s Safety Program – a new position – in late March. Bowen, continues to manage medical staff services and the infection prevention and control program, and is now responsible for supporting and coordinating the continued development and ongoing improvements of the institution’s clinical safety efforts. "Her experience directing patient safety and quality programs at other institutions qualified her to help our organization integrate the many safety initiatives into the medical center’s Quality Management System,” says Dr. Kennedy.
The "ISO-9001” Quality Management System is a component of Olympic Medical’s accreditation by DNV. For more information on this program, please go to www.dnvgl.com and search "ISO 9001.”
Bowen holds a bachelor of health sciences with a minor in health literacy, and is a certified professional in patient safety and health care quality. She also holds a number of certifications in medical staff services.
Olympic Medical Center and its divisions now employ more than 1,300 people throughout Clallam County.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.