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Gardner, MA –Tina Santos, MBA, MSN, RN has been named as Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA. A dynamic nursing leader, Santos most recently held the position of Director of Adult and In-patient Services at Lowell General Hospital, where she served on the leadership team which earned that organization Magnet® status.
“We are excited to bring Tina on board as the head of our nursing and patient care team,” said Heywood Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Win Brown. “Her experience with the Magnet Recognition Program® has put Tina on the forefront of nursing and clinical excellence. As a nursing leader, she possesses a depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that will be an exceptional asset to Heywood Hospital as we look toward the future.”
As Vice President of Patient Care Services, Santos will be responsible for daily operations related to patient care, compliance with regulatory standards and performance improvement, infection control.
As Chief Nursing Officer, Santos will provide leadership for the Division of Nursing, supporting the spirit of nursing while empowering her staff to develop and manage their departments to provide excellence in patient care.
Known as a high energy and results-oriented healthcare professional, Santos’s twenty year career in nursing includes her role as Director of Maternal Child Health at Lowell General Hospital and Practice Manager of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. Santos began her career as an ermergency room nurse.
A resident of Pelham, NH, Santos received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Lowell, and holds the degrees Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration.
In addition, she is a member of Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives, the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
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Heywood Hospital is an independent, community-oriented, non-profit 134-bed acute-care hospital located in Gardner, MA. Heywood Hospital provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, transitional care and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Center for Maternity Care; and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care. In addition to the main campus, Heywood Hospital has two satellite facilities, the Winchendon Health Center in Winchendon and the Heywood Rehab Center in Gardner, as well as a number of primary care practices in the region. Heywood Hospital also operates a school-based health center, the Murdock Health Center at the Murdock Middle High School in Winchendon.