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Nason's Buttry Named CNO of The Year by LifePoint Health


March 12, 2020

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Michelle Buttry, CNO

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center (CNMC) Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Michelle Buttry has been named 2019 CNO of the Year by LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to "making communities healthier."

The award is given annually to one CNO within LifePoint's nationwide network of 88 hospital campuses who best exemplifies the company's core values of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness, inclusion, compassion and ethical and legal compliance, and who is committed to advancing quality patient care.

The award honors the crucial role CNOs play in enhancing clinical care and advancing patient safety, while also understanding the financial and operational goals of the hospital.

"Michelle is a seasoned clinical leader who is not only deeply committed to enhancing quality and patient safety at her hospital, but also a savvy business partner who is able to comfortably collaborate across disciplines to help ensure the facility's overall success," said Michelle Watson, senior vice president and CNO for LifePoint Health, of which CNMC is a part. "We are honored to recognize her with the 2019 CNO of the Year award for demonstrating excellence and compassion in leadership and for being a champion of providing quality care close to home."

Buttry has played an integral role in building a highly collaborative culture at CNMC that is focused on strengthening patient care and safety through clinical improvements and accountability, partnering with providers and patients to enhance care and creating a mentoring program to help ensure that the next generation of nurses are equipped to provide high quality care for future patients.

She was also instrumental in the opening of a new cardiac catheterization lab in 2019, which enhanced the level of heart care available to the Nason community and received the 2019 Pennsylvania Rural Health Program of the Year Award.

Her efforts have helped CNMC achieve a number of significant accomplishments over the last year, including LifePoint's Eastern Division High Five Award for operational excellence, and made the hospital one of LifePoint's top performers in patient satisfaction.

"I am so proud of Michelle, and I am thrilled to see her recognized with this distinguished honor," said Tim Harclerode, chief executive officer of CNMC. "Her hands-on approach to leadership and her passion for finding new ways to enhance the care we provide our patients is making a powerful difference in the lives of our community."

Buttry holds more than 30 years of nursing experience and has served as CNO of CNMC since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from West Virginia University and her Master of Science in healthcare administration from Ohio University, and is both a certified professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) and a certified professional in Infection Control (CIC). She received the CNO of the Year Award at LifePoint's annual hospital leadership meeting in Nashville, Tenn.


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