HRRMC names new vice president of nursing


November 13, 2012

Salida, Colorado - Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center welcomes Linda Johnson, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., as its new vice president of nursing.

Johnson brings more than 10 years of executive-level management experience and 40 years of nursing experience to HRRMC. She was most recently vice president of patient services and chief nurse executive at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, a 224-bed acute care hospital in Normal, Ill.

"We are very fortunate to bring a nursing leader with Linda's breadth of experience and record of success to HRRMC," said hospital CEO Ken Leisher. "I am excited to have Linda join the senior management team as we look forward to the opportunities that will be coming our way."

Before being named BroMenn's chief nurse executive in 2007, Johnson served from 1994 to 2007 in leadership roles in critical care, emergency trauma services and nursing operations. She first joined BroMenn in 1985 as a home-health staff nurse.

Johnson began her career as an operating-room nurse at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, Ill. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing, she holds a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University.

"I was attracted to the vice president of nursing position for several reasons," said Johnson. "HRRMC is an outstanding healthcare resource for Salida and the surrounding area. The hospital also has technology and specialty services that support and allow those requiring medical care to stay in community."

Johnson is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and a Certified Nurse Executive. She has family in Salida and has visited the Upper Arkansas Valley many times.


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