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Rome Health names new chief nursing officer

Posted 7/6/22

Registered Nurse Ashley Edwards, MSN, a native of Westernville, has been selected as Rome Health’s chief nursing officer ...

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Rome Health names new chief nursing officer

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ROME — Registered Nurse Ashley Edwards, MSN, a native of Westernville, has been selected as Rome Health’s chief nursing officer, according to an announcement by AnneMarie W. Czyz, the organization’s president and chief executive officer.

As the chief nursing officer, Edwards will provide clinical and administrative leadership for planning, organizing, directing, monitoring and evaluating safe high-quality patient care to advance the mission of Rome Health.  

Multiple stakeholders, including the medical staff and nursing staff, participated in the process to define the essential qualities for Rome Health’s next chief nursing officer and shared detailed feedback during the interview and selection process.  

“Ashley is a trusted and approachable leader, who possesses both the passion and clinical competencies to support a dedicated workforce and foster continuous quality improvement through multi-disciplinary collaboration,” said Czyz. “Under her leadership, Rome Health has been recognized nationally for exceptional patient care in the Emergency Department and the Maternity Department.”

After graduating from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in 2012, Edwards joined the hospital as a graduate nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2013 and her master’s of science in Nursing: Nursing Management & Executive Leadership in 2020.

Since she was named nurse manager of the Emergency Department in 2017, Edwards has assumed increasing levels of responsibility, gaining critical clinical and operational experience in the ICU, Maternity and Surgical Services. Edwards has a passion for learning and has earned multiple credentials and special certifications to maintain her clinical competencies. In 2022, she earned board certification as a nurse executive.

“My goal was never to be just a CNO anywhere, it was to be the CNO here at Rome,” Edwards said, explaining that Rome was the only place she applied to work when she first graduated from nursing school. “It truly feels like a family here, where people care about each other and work as a team.”

Edwards embraces a servant leadership style, where she focuses on developing and empowering her team to unlock their own potential. 

“Ashley will be an outstanding addition to our executive leadership team as we work together to deliver the best care out there. Here,” Czyz said. 

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