Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently announced that it has reorganized its nursing division under the leadership of Chief Nursing Officer Kim Brown Sims.
The reorganization is “in an effort to improve quality, streamline care and have more accountability for patient satisfaction,” according to a hospital news release.
Former Director of Medical and Surgical Services Connie Malek will take over as director of nursing, adult services, according to the release. As part of her new role, Malek will continue to oversee medical and surgical services but will also manage the hospital’s progressive care, Step Down Unit.
Working in Malek’s department will be Aaron Thorne, who was promoted from charge nurse in critical care services to adult services manager, according to the release.
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Mary Ann Gulutz was named director of nursing, women’s and children’s services, a position she held previously under a different title. Lisa Hawes will remain in her role as women’s and children’s services manager.
Reggie Ahlfield, former director of clinical informatics, has been named to the new position of director of nursing, informatics and clinical excellence. Ahlfield will be responsible for clinical informatics, nursing education and service initiatives such as patient satisfaction. These duties were previously dispersed under multiple different directors, according to the release.
The nursing, surgical services department will now also be responsible for the GI Lab, Day Stay and pre-operative services, in addition to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Sterile Processing. It is currently led by Interim Director of Nursing, Surgical Services, Megan Stobo.
Susan Raney joined Sierra Vista as director of nursing, emergency services. Raney brings more than 30 years of experience to Sierra Vista, most recently at hospitals in Washington state.