COSHOCTON -- Coshocton Hospital has taken another step to strengthen the hospital for future success by aligning the hospital's nursing staff units under the leadership of Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Conn, RN, BSN, MSN. This reporting structure brings clinical areas responsible for quality direct patient care -- all nursing units, nursing educators, case managers and the patient advocate -- under the leadership of this new addition to the hospital's management executive team.

Conn began her nursing career as a staff nurse and team leader at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., where she was the recipient of the Nursing Clinical Excellence Award in 2004. She joined Genesis HealthCare System in 2005 and has served that organization as director of professional practice and education services. She has also served as a professor on the adjunct faculty of Muskingum University where she has facilitated, mentored and evaluated students in their RN to BSN nursing program.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone College in Canton, and her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She has over 10 years of progressive nursing leadership experience, with expertise in evidence-based nursing practice/scope and standards of practice; nurse staffing and productivity; program planning and implementation; accreditation and regulatory compliance; global, national, and state trends in health care and nursing practice; continuous quality improvement; shared governance; strategic planning and leadership; and employee training and development.

"I am pleased to join Coshocton Hospital at this exciting time in their history in this community," said Conn. "I have the opportunity to guide re-development projects that will create a strong health care delivery system providing the level of quality care our patients, family and friends deserve."

Conn will oversee all nursing departments and functions, the clinical services that employ 154 of the hospital's approximately 530 employees. She will be aided by department managers Jason Bryant, RN, BSN, emergency department manager; Lynn Nelson, RN, BSN, medical manager, and Nancy Wells, RN, surgical manager.

"Our recovery initiatives identified a need for someone with Mrs. Conn's strong leadership skills and expertise in a broad range of clinical management areas," said Robert D. Miller, Coshocton Hospital CEO. "Her experience is a perfect fit, and our collaborative relationship with Genesis helped expedite her transition to Coshocton Hospital."

Conn is a native of Cambridge, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.