A health care manager who once served as a nurse has been appointed chief nurse executive at LewisGale Regional Health System.
The newly-created position will be filled by Charlotte Tyson, LewisGale announced today.
Tyson most recently served as chief operating officer for LewisGale Medical Center in Salem.
The regional health system, which includes four hospitals and more than 40 patient care facilities in Southwest Virginia, recently decided to create an executive-level position to oversee nursing services.
“Nurses are the backbone of our heath system and often the first encounter our patients have with LewisGale,” Victor Giovanetti, president of the health system, said in a prepared statement.
As LewisGale evolved into a regional health system, officials saw the need for market-wide leadership in the nursing field, he said.
Tyson will be responsible for all nursing services at LewisGale’s flagship hospital in Salem. She will also work with the chief nursing officers at the system’s other three hospitals in Alleghany, Montgomery and Pulaski counties.
Tyson joined LewisGale in 1984 as a staff nurse. Since then, she has served as director of oncology and medical surgical services, director of quality and risk management, and chief nursing officer.