Chief Nursing Officer

The CNO at Gunnison Valley Hospital, supports the delivery of commitment to providing you and your family with excellent care and service. The staff and physicians Gunnison Valley Hospital work hard to create an environment that offers comfort and healing to our patients and visitors. We strive to care for kindness, compassion, dignity, and respect.

Gunnison Valley Hospital (GVH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Gunnison, Utah. GVH has a long history of offering quality care to residents of Central Utah that dates to 1932. With an active medical staff of over 20 providers and several outstanding visiting medical specialists; GVH provides outstanding personalized care, to the communities which it serves.  Additionally, GVH owns and operates services, such as, provider clinics, home care, hospice, and ambulance services. GVH also has a partnership with multiple long-term care facilities and is associated with the federal upper payment program. With over 200 employees GVH is one of the largest employers in Sanpete and Sevier County and has a reputation of providing a positive working culture throughout the hospital.

Your pay and benefits are important components of your journey at Gunnison Valley Hospital. This opportunity includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, this position is eligible for retirement through the Utah Retirement Systems.

Gunnison Valley Hospital has been awarded several national and local rewards such as Becker’s hospital Review for its five-star overall hospital quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We are proud of being recognized for our exceptionally low rates of readmission and mortality, and exceptionally high standards of safety, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timelines of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Additionally, we earned recognition as one of the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.


This position has overall accountability for providing leadership, direction, and administration of day-to-day operations associated with direct patient care activities and clinical education and development, including continuous improvement of nursing services and staff to meet the needs and expectations of those served by the hospital. This position is responsible for driving, supporting, and modeling a service-oriented culture focused on employee engagement, quality, patient safety, service excellence, fiscal responsibility, and the overall patient experience. Serves as a member of the executive leadership team, building and supporting effective collegial relationships with applicable internal and external constituents and stakeholders and ensuring optimal operating effectiveness and strategic positioning.


1. Maintains a working knowledge of current clinical practice and the regulatory requirements affecting that practice and exhibits the value of continuous learning. Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of healthcare economics and policy as well as the role of the governing body in the organization. Establishes and enhances a culture of evidence-based decision making in clinical and management initiatives. Articulates and models an emphasis on patient quality and safety. Understands utilization management and case management and their importance to the organization. Demonstrates this understanding by effectively managing risk.

2. Maintains strong, credible relationships with medical staff, develops a community presence and builds connections with academic institutions.

3. Provides leadership, supervision, guidance, and development for staff, articulating and demonstrating an expectation for continuous quality improvement, as well as continually supporting and exhibiting company values and service standards. Identifies and provides growth opportunities for staff.

4. Strategizes and drives process improvements focused on innovative care delivery and/or operational models designed to improve clinical services, outcomes, patient throughput, and patient safety. Promotes a patient-centered, healing environment. Promotes the use and implementation of technology in the workplace to streamline operations, facilitate communications, and optimize work processes.

5. Ensures and fosters a high level of collaboration within a highly matrixed team environment to coordinate activities, review work, exchange information, and resolve problems. Champions, models, and promotes service excellence philosophies and behaviors at the hospital to enhance the overall patient experience.

6. Functions as an integral member of the hospital operations and system leadership teams, serving in an advisory capacity to applicable staff. In collaboration with leadership team members, directs and provides oversight regarding the strategic development, implementation, and maintenance of strong, comprehensive clinical and/or operational services and programs that meet system-wide organizational growth initiatives and the needs of patient populations in the community. Fosters the development and implementation of workforce initiatives effectively. Leads and influences change at the facility, regional, and system levels.

7. Along with other members of the team, promotes financial stewardship and clinical excellence for the facility in both operational and capital acquisition processes. Allocates financial, information, and human capital for improvement activities, ensuring the efficient delivery of cost-effective services to patients, physicians, and hospital departments. Establishes performance measures, assesses, and evaluates operations, and works with department management to assure efficient and effective delivery of services.

8. This position has administrative leadership responsibilities and is directly accountable for the quality and appropriateness of nursing care delivered to patients and contributes to the continuous improvement of nursing services and staff. Creates a focus of performance improvement and quality management and service line development. This position has constant contact with staff members, department heads, with medical staff, and governing board.

Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and State & Federal requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Provides all patients of Gunnison Valley Hospital with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating our core and leader behaviors each day.

Gunnison Valley Hospital Leadership will strive to uphold the mission, values, and purpose of the organization. They will serve as role models for staff and act in a people-centered, service excellence-focused, and results-oriented manner.


Bachelor’s degree required; Postgraduate degree in nursing or a related field (Health Care Administration or business administration; or a written plan to obtain these qualifications).

Must possess licensure as a professional nurse (RN) in the state of practice. Proven experience and track record of strong nursing leadership that is customer focused, exhibits a passion for nursing, pursues continuous improvement, and advocates for patients’ and nurses’ viewpoints. Experience implementing and maintaining a patient-centered, healing environment. Proven track record of partnering with medical staff to achieve desired facility-specific and organizational outcomes. Knowledge of modern national trends in hospital technology, quality and patient safety.

Skilled in effectively handling multiple conflicting assignments, demands, and priorities with great attention to detail; coaching and developing direct reports and/or other employees; constructing new and innovative solutions to meet changing organizational strategies and goals; establishing, pursuing, and monitoring appropriate process and outcome measures for key initiatives utilizing a systems perspective; evaluating the processes by which clinical care and patient services are delivered, identifying areas for of opportunity, setting standards for outcomes, developing appropriate systems to monitor outcomes, and overseeing the implementation of process improvements; Excellent human relations, organizational and communication skills are essential.

Leadership style and characteristics necessary to effectively perform in this role include: strong work ethic; results-oriented; persuasive; motivational; able to make rational decisions in difficult situations; inspirational; honorable; confident; innovative; life-long learner; courageous; high-energy; integrity; collaborator; ability to work with teams; good listening; nonvolatile; values multiple disciplines; and passionate about continuously improving and providing high quality care and service excellence to patients, families, employees and physicians.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to carry, climb, hear/listen, lift, reach and manipulate objects, tools, or equipment, push/pull, see, speak, squat/kneel, stand, and walk.  Heavy physical exertion is also required as duties involve moving materials weighing 10 – 20 pounds continually, and 25 – 50 pounds on an occasional basis, along with lifting patients, for patient care.  Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 80% of the work period.  Work involves the potential for exposure to infectious.  This position requires mobility. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Questions please call Liz Brown at 435-528-2176