Hospital Welcomes New Leadership

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Payson Regional Medical Center added two members to its administration department. Nancy Chartier R.N., M.S., is the hospital's new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Denten Park is the hospital's new Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO).

Most recently, Chartier served as CNO for Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah. Chartier was responsible for medical surgical, emergency including ambulance/paramedic, ICU, perinatal operative and pharmacy services, as well as their satellite clinic and inpatient physician program.

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Nancy Chartier R.N., M.S.

She has more than 29 years of experience in the health care setting, serving from 1997 until 2003 as CNO at Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab, Utah, where she had many of the same responsibilities. Chartier has also served as an assistant professor at the College of Eastern Utah and Professor of Nursing at Salt Lake Community College.

Chartier earned her master's degree from the University of Utah's College of Nursing and her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin College of Nursing.

Chartier's two children are professional skiers, competing as USST Alpine racers. Some of her special interests include biking, golfing, snowmobiling, skiing and the National Hockey League, and her three Jack Russell terriers.

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Denten Park

The Wisconsin native came to Payson in November.

Chartier said the parent company of PRMC is quality driven -- everything is done based on how it will benefit the community. She said, she would stake her 30-year reputation on the company.

"In Utah, because the community's large population of children and their mothers, that was our focus. Here, because of the number of people eligible for membership in AARP, I'm doing work that benefits my own age group," she said.

Chartier is especially interested in the hospital's healthy woman program.

"We as women neglect ourselves to make sure our families have what they need," she said.

One new program planned to further the cause of healthy women is to develop a mammogram program where the cost is on a sliding scale, with some screenings even provided free-of-charge.

"Children do what we do more than we realize," she said. We need to understand our actions are going to change the face of health care, she added.

"I am very impressed by the level of expertise in the nurses and CNAs here," she said. And she is impressed by the company's commitment to growing the future nursing staff through participation in the community college's nursing program, which includes paying for part of the costs, providing employment and insurance for participants as they work toward their degrees.

Chartier laughed and said she will be getting the credit when the nursing program starts graduating its participants, but she really just came at the right time. Her predecessors and the rest of the administration and board did the groundwork with the college.

"I have an open door policy," she said. "When people have a concern or suggestion I want to hear from them. I quickly return calls."

Park has been serving as Administrative Specialist for Payson Regional Medical Center for a year and a half. As Administrative Specialist, Park was responsible for diagnostic imaging, dietary and special projects, such as the completion of PACS, a new digital imaging service at PRMC.

He assumed his new role as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer at the first of the year. Added to his oversight obligations are the hospital laboratories, therapy services (physical, occupational and speech), plant operations, the planned surgery expansion, outpatient imaging services and process improvements. Process improvements are ways to make medical care at PRMC better to meet the community's needs, including accessibility and affordability. He is also participating in the planning for the 2007 Women's Wellness Forum, which will be March 24.

He has more than five years of experience in health care settings, serving as director for a center for the developmentally disabled and as a nursing home administrator prior to coming to PRMC.

Park continues working toward his master's degree in business, and graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Park and his wife, Valerie, have six children. They love the area and the people in the Rim Country.

"We couldn't be happier with our decision to move here, and the opportunity to stay," Park said. "PRMC is an incredible place to work. I enjoy rural settings, but wanted to work in a progressive environment that could meet the needs of the community served. PRMC is very progressive and continues to invest in the welfare of our local citizens. It is nice to work in a community setting that allows people to take care of their personal friends and loved ones. I think it helps ensure great quality from the staff, and better care to the patients. I am confident that patients would be hard-pressed to find a better medical staff and support staff are as good as ours in any rural setting countrywide. We have a great team here at PRMC and I enjoy my association with every one of them."

Payson Regional Medical Center is a 44-bed licensed facility with a 24-hour emergency and trauma center with four operating suites. Payson Regional Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is licensed by the State of Arizona, Department of Health Services.

PRMC's medical staff treats and diagnose a wide variety of adult and pediatric illnesses and injuries. PRMC constantly strives to provide expanded services to meet the changing health care needs of the community. Their goal is to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the residents they serve.

To learn more about Payson Regional Medical Center, visit www.paysonhospital.com.

(Material from PRMC Marketing Director Cory Houghton was used in this article.)

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