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PeaceHealth CNO earns national recognition

March 15, 2019 | News | Mission | Leadership

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend Chief Nursing Officer Heather Wall, RN, has been named a national recipient of the Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leaders award.

The national award honors dedicated, high-performing individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic healthcare. Wall will be presented with the award in June at the annual CHA Awards Banquet in Dallas, Texas.

Wall, a lifelong Lane County resident, has worked for PeaceHealth for 14 years. Inspired by a desire to care for others in their time of need, she began her career as a neurology nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District. She then graduated to a variety of leadership roles including stepping into her current CNO position in 2018.

“Heather is the kind of chief nursing officer that leaders and caregivers not only want to work with, but aspire to be like,” said Mary Kingston, Oregon network chief executive. “She is an expert in her field, and a passionate leader who is tireless in her pursuit of excellence. She is also a highly respectful, collaborative, approachable and humble leader who inspires those around her.”

Wall has been instrumental in launching several successful initiatives, including those that ensure PeaceHealth provides the highest level of patient safety and quality of care, empower bedside caregivers and support staff to make decisions and drive positive change, and support the physical, mental and spiritual health of our nurses.

Wall’s dedication extends out into the community, as she has also been actively involved with non-profit organizations that serve those in need, including the United Way, FOOD for Lane County and Lane Blood Bank.

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About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has more than 15,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest.