RRMC appoints Kelly Watson as Chief Nursing Officer


Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center has announced Kelly Watson, DNP, MHA, RN, FACHE, as the hospital’s chief nursing officer (CNO). Watson was previously CNO for UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, a 93-bed hospital in Colorado.

Watson holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Regis University as well as a BSN and master’s degree in healthcare administration.

“Kelly’s extensive experience in expanding and developing hospital service lines, quality improvement initiatives and building highly effective teams are extremely valuable in his position,” said Claudio Fort, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Watson was drawn to the area by Rutland’s strong sense of community, which is important to her entire family. She and her husband, along with their three young boys, recently purchased a home and are looking forward to being part of the greater Rutland community.

Watson also looks forward to encouraging and nurturing a positive and efficient professional workforce.

“Investing in our people is essential,” Watson said. “When our staff feel safe and supported, and enjoy coming to work, they are able to provide the best possible care to our patients and our community. »

Watson’s fresh perspective and wide and varied experiences will greatly benefit patients in the Rutland area as well as hospital staff and providers. She is passionate about leading organizations towards growth while ensuring safe, quality and affordable healthcare for all patient populations.

“I appreciate and respect tradition very much,” Watson said. “I also encourage and support innovation to advance our workforce and our delivery of care.”

As CNO, Watson will oversee a nursing workforce of more than 1,100 licensed APRNs, RNs, LNAs and LPNs.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center is Vermont’s largest community hospital and is supported by a medical staff of 256 physicians, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice providers trained in 37 specialty areas. The 144-bed hospital is supported by approximately 1,700 employees. With a strong patient-centered focus, consistent quality performance, recognition of Magnet® nursing and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals in parts of the South and central Vermont and eastern New York communities with preventive, diagnostic, acute and rehabilitative services.

Source: RUTLAND, VT – Rutland Regional Medical Center 7/14/2022


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