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Vidant RCH names new VP of patient care services

AHOSKIE – Elaine Griffiths, MM, MSN, RN, has been named the new Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. She succeeds Judy Bruno, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, who became president of the hospital this past year.

Griffiths previously served for 12 years as the Vice President for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in Virginia, a 310-bed hospital. For the past several months she has served at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital as the Director of Patient Care Services.

“I am pleased to welcome Elaine as our new chief nursing officer as she brings years of experience and knowledge to this role for our hospital,” said Bruno. “She has provided leadership and direction for teams at larger healthcare systems in the past, and has been successful in the recruitment and retention of nurses, as well as the development of new programs and services.”

“This is an excellent community hospital with a strong history of quality healthcare and community support. With the addition of a strong nursing executive such as Elaine, we will maintain these values as we strive to fulfill our mission at Vidant Health to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina,” concluded Bruno.

Griffiths received her master of science degree in nursing (MSN) from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a master of management (MM) degree from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she also completed her bachelor of arts degree in general education (BA). She received an associate degree in nursing from Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey.

Among her other healthcare experience, she served as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville, Virginia and as Vice President Inpatient Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also served as the director of nursing at other hospitals in Michigan and New Jersey.

She serves as a professional surveyor/consultant for the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AAHHS) that surveys hospitals and healthcare facilities for accreditation and compliance with national guidelines.

Griffiths is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); the American Nurses Association (ANA); and the North Carolina Nurses Association. She is also a member of the Community Board for the March of Dimes and serves locally on the Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center Corporate Compliance Committee.

Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital is a mission-driven, 114-bed community hospital that serves a population of 44,000 residents of the four-county Roanoke-Chowan area. The not-for-profit hospital is affiliated with Vidant Health that serves the 29-county area of Eastern North Carolina and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group. Vidant Health is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.

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