Matthew Choate, BSN, RN, MBA, CEN, CPEN was recently named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC). Choate had served as interim CNO since December 2016. Choate cited recognition for nurses, fiscal management, and staff engagement as priorities he’ll remain committed to in the role. “I look forward to bringing an increased business focus to nursing, educating our staff and developing our nursing leadership team, and using data in combination with empowered nursing leaders to make the best decisions about how we deliver nursing care in our organization,” he said.
Choate earned his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), with dual specialization in finance and healthcare management, from Northeastern University, Boston. He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Nursing and Biochemistry, from the University of Vermont. Prior to serving as CVMC’s interim CNO, Choate served as the hospital’s Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services. Earlier, he was Director of Emergency Services, Trauma and Transport at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
“Matt has brought many new skills to the CNO position, including a sharp business mind and an understanding of data analytics,” Judy Tartaglia, CVMC President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “During his interim role, Matt oversaw the continued development of the Shared Nursing Accountability Councils and created the nursing All-Council Days. He has effectively managed nursing finances and resources, including producing new business reviews and scorecards for nursing. Through his leadership and the help of human resources, he has also been successful in recruitment.”
Choate continues focusing on improving communication with a bi-weekly CNO newsletter and on nurse appreciation and retention by bringing The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to CVMC. He has also led efforts to offer monthly nursing leadership development sessions and led planning for CVMC’s second annual nursing certification day, scheduled for March 16, 2017.