Grand River bids farewell to chief nursing officer Mary DesOrmeau |

Grand River bids farewell to chief nursing officer Mary DesOrmeau

It is with grateful hearts that Grand River Health bids farewell to Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Care Services Mary DesOrmeau, RN, BSN, MSA, FACHE, as she enters retirement.

Mary came to Grand River in May 2006, bringing to our communities decades of experience in leadership, rural healthcare, and compassionate service to patients and staff. Mary and her husband, Bill, quickly immersed themselves in the lives and causes of Western Garfield County and their contributions have made a powerful, positive impact on the lives of many in our area.

Before 2006, Mary served as Chief Nursing Officer of Alpena Regional Medical Center in Alpena, Michigan from 1993-2003. Mary was responsible for 400 employees and 13 departments in this 147-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital. Here, she developed a joint partnership cancer center with the University of Michigan, and initiated a recruitment and retention committee that decreased the nursing vacancy rate to less than 5 percent.

In 2004, Mary began her role as Chief Nursing Leader at Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital in Rogers City, Mich., which is a 22-bed, for-profit, acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Here she had many accomplishments including implementing education to ensure compliance with JCAHO and CARF.

In May 2006 the communities of Western Garfield County welcomed Mary and Bill DesOrmeau. Mary began her career at Grand River and forged her place as a positive change agent. As Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Care Services, Mary has made an incredible difference in the lives of the staff and patients of Grand River Health. Her accomplishments include implementing and supervising new services such as occupational health, nuclear medicine, total joint orthopedics, a rehabilitation aqua therapy program, AADE-certified diabetes education, pre-and post- Bariatric surgery support, echocardiology, and EEG services. In addition, Mary oversaw the updates of all laboratory equipment, enhancement of radiology equipment to low-dose CT, fluoroscopy and the implementation of the first 3D tomosynthesis mammography service in Colorado.

Mary’s contribution to Grand River Health and our communities didn’t stop at 5 p.m. or at the walls of the hospital. Mary served on the boards and committees of various organizations including Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, PEO Chapter IW, Home Care and Hospice of the Valley, and Colorado Mesa University.

Anyone who has worked with or has known Mary will agree that her impact and influence cannot be summed up with a list of job accomplishments or organizational involvement. Her legacy is best described with the contents of her heart. Mary is a caring, compassionate leader who believes in the lives she touches. Grand River Health and Western Garfield County are better places because of her. Thank you and we wish you the very best for you and your family as you return to your home state of Michigan.

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