Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, Fla., announced that Ralph Taylor, RN, MSN, assistant CNO, received his masters degree in healthcare administration from Walden University. Taylor was appointed assistant CNO in January. He came to Oak Hill Hospital from an HCA sister facility, Englewood Hospital, where he was director of surgical services.
Carlos Cardona, RN, ADN, was named director of intensive care services. As director of the MCCU and SICU, Cardona will oversee and manage the intensive care nursing program and ensure customers expectations are exceeded, according to a news release. He was promoted from his position as staff nurse in the intensive care nursing program.
Cardona has served in the healthcare industry since 1995, beginning as a paramedic. He joined the Army/Air Force in 1999 and is currently responsible for supervising and training a 54-person company of both military and civilian personnel in organizing an intermediate care unit. Cardona also achieved the rank of platoon sergeant and is recognized as a battalion-level drug prevention leader, company paramedic and financial manager/controller.
“His passion lies with giving the patient an unforgettable experience with not only their care but also with the nursing staff,” Taylor said in the release. “I am confident that his record of success and hard work will continue as he develops his team in the MCCU/SICU.”
Amanda Wilmoth, RN, earned certification as an emergency nurse. All of the hospitals Emergency Care Center nurses are CENs. Oak Hill is the first hospital in the nation to have achieved 100% certification of its emergency nurses, according to a news release.
In other news, the hospital announced its Star Associates of the Month for August. Each month, hospital associates are chosen via nominations and voted on by their peers, patients, patient families and physicians.
This months Oak Hill “Stars” include Tina Sampson, RN. Sampson joined Oak Hills telemetry department in 2011. She was nominated by a patient who singled out Sampson as being the “best of the best.” The patient praised Sampson for paying attention to details and praised the staff for getting him to a point where he could write the letter. “You and your staff and workers are to be complimented,” he said in the nomination. •Ralph Taylor, RN