Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) will sincerely miss their Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Connie Pullen who has retired from her position to step into a new role with the Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Her last day at the hospital was November 1, 2016.
Connie has been with WVMC for over 20 years as a key senior leader as both the Chief quality and nursing officers. During this time she has assisted WVMC with becoming recognized as a high quality and high functioning organization that consistently ranks in the top tier of facilities for patient and clinical scores. She has been a tireless advocate for customer and patient service, has helped to “hard wire” us for excellence. She has attained a long list of accomplishments during her tenure, has been involved in a variety of community activities and outreach and was named the Capella CNO of the year in 2015.
Connie will be working with the JCAHO as a quality consultant and Value Based Purchasing expert, as JCAHO looks to strengthen these skills within their organization and offer new services to their client hospitals. Quality is Connie’s passion and this will give her the opportunity to work with hospitals across the United States as they strive to get better at measuring and providing quality care. WVMC cannot thank Connie enough for her years of dedication and wishes her well in her future endeavors.
In the interim, Michael Plankers has been named Interim acting CNO while national recruitment begins.