Steven Aston, RN, MBA, NE-BC, was recently named director of case management and clinical social work at The Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I. Previously, Aston served as an inpatient clinical manager at The Miriam. He played a major role in the opening of the new Total Joint Center. Aston began his healthcare career in 1999 as a certified nursing assistant at Rhode Island Hospital. Since then, he has held a variety of positions within acute care nurse leadership, including assistant clinical manager of inpatient oncology at Rhode Island Hospital and several leadership roles at Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix.
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, N.H., welcomed Julie Grimstad, APRN, to its Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. Grimstad is an orthopedic nurse practitioner, receiving her MSN from the family nurse practitioner program at the University of California at Los Angeles.Julie Grimstad, RN
Denise Peterson, RN, MS, vice president, patient care services/CNO at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Peterson joined the hospital as director of nursing in 2007 and assumed additional responsibility for the oncology service line in 2008. Before that, she served in many nursing leadership roles, including administrative director of inpatient services and director of the surgical/orthopedic patient services at the Waterbury Hospital, and a service line executive at Danbury Hospital. Peterson is also green-belt certified in Lean Six Sigma.
Melinda J. Schoen, RN, MSN, LNHA, has been named vice president for administration at Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford, Conn. Schoen began her career with Masonicare in 1996, when she joined the nursing staff at Masonicare Health Center. During her tenure, she progressed through various levels of nursing management, most recently serving as vice president of nursing for four years.Denise Peterson, RN
Doreen Brown-Wade, RN, BS, MBA, CPHQ, COS-C, has been named hospice director for Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, Wallingford, Conn. Prior to joining the organizations leadership team, she served as administrator for Home Health Care Services LLC in Connecticut, VNS of Southern Connecticut, and hospice manager for VNA Care Network and Hospice in Dedham, Mass.
Sarah A. Collins, RN, PhD, has been tapped to participate in the Alliance for Nursing Informatics two-year Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program. Collins serves as a nurse informatician at Partners Healthcare Systems in the Clinical Informatics Research and Development Department, and as an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Womens Hospital, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care. Before starting at Partners, she was a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia Universitys Department of Biomedical Informatics and she completed her PhD at Columbia Universitys School of Nursing as a National Institute of Nursing Research pre-doctoral informatics trainee.
Virginia L. Heikkinen, RN, MSN, CCM, recently passed the certification exam for her COS-C, the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical. Heikkinen is the quality improvement and coding manager for the North Andover (Mass.) Branch Office of Caretenders skilled homecare services.Doreen Brown-Wade, RN
MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing in Boston announced faculty member Diane F. Mahoney, APRN, PhD, BC, FGSA, FAAN, has been awarded a $180,000 grant from the Alzheimers Association with which she will develop a system using iPhones to help people with Alzheimers Disease get dressed easier and function more independently longer. •