St. John's Medical Center is pleased to announce that Joan Palmer,
RN, MA, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at St. John's Medical
Center. CNO is the top nursing leadership role at the Medical Center.
Palmer is responsible for all nursing functions, from inpatient services
to surgery, emergency, oncology, and homecare/hospice. She also oversees
nursing at the St. John's Medical Center Physician Practices.
An employee at the Medical Center since 2011, Palmer has assumed increasing
leadership responsibility since joining the staff. She most recently served
as the Administrative Director of Nursing. "Joan's extensive
management experience and demonstrated leadership at St. John's made
her a natural top choice," said CEO Lou Hochheiser, MD. "She
is knowledgeable, collaborative, and passionate about patients and staff."
In addition to her nursing credentials, Palmer holds a master's degree
in Human Resource Development with a Leadership emphasis. Previously,
she worked as an independent consultant to provide interim nursing leadership
and lead patient care improvement projects at hospitals throughout the
country. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing and nurse
Palmer explained that she accepted the CNO post because of the tradition
of nursing excellence at St. John's Medical Center. "I have never
worked with a more skilled and compassionate team," she said.
The CNO role became available following the resignation of Lynn Kirman,
RN, who departed St. John's in early August to assume a VP of nursing
position in Florida.
Media Contact: Karen Connelly,
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St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service
hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center. For more information, visit tetonhospital.org