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Hospital announces promotions

New Britain [May 31 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) has promoted three people to senior leadership positions:

Nancy Kroeber, M.S.N., of Southington, has been named vice president, Clinical Operations. In this position, she will be responsible for various hospital clinical and outpatient programs, including cardiovascular, sleep disorders and rehabilitation services; outpatient clinics; physician practice management, physician billing; the Wound Care Center; and Dialysis. She will also have operational responsibility for HCC’s oncology service line at the new cancer center.

Kroeber joined the hospital in 1983 and has served in numerous positions, most recently as interim chief nursing officer and director of cardiac, neuro and outpatient services. She has also been manager and director of Cardiology; assistant nurse manager, Cardiac Telemetry unit; and staff nurse, Critical Care unit. Before joining the hospital, Kroeber worked at the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital and Gaylord Hospital.

She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury; and a bachelor’s degree in health science and master’s degree in management from the University of Hartford. Kroeber is Lean Six Sigma-certified and is currently in the Executive Leadership Certification Program with the American Management Association.

Denise Peterson, R.N., M.S., has been named vice president, Patient Care Services/chief nursing officer. She will be responsible for Nursing administrative and clinical operations at the Bradley Memorial and New Britain General campuses, including the inpatient nursing units; the Emergency Department; Maternal/Fetal Nursing; Respiratory Therapy; and surgical services, including the main operating room, Ambulatory Surgery, Sterile Processing and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She will continue her leadership role in the design and planning of the hospital’s new cancer center and the oncology service line.

Peterson joined the hospital as director of nursing in 2007 and assumed additional responsibility for oncology services in 2008. Before joining HCC, she served in many nursing management roles, including administrative director of Inpatient Services and director of the surgical patient service line at Waterbury Hospital, and a service line executive at Danbury Hospital. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Rensselaer at Hartford. She is green-belt certified in Lean Six Sigma.

Kate Betancourt, R.N., M.P.H., CPHQ, of Farmington, has been promoted to senior director, Patient Outcomes. In this role, she will oversee performance improvement, patient safety, regulation and accreditation and patient relations at the hospital.

Betancourt joined the hospital in 1980 and has served as director of Performance Improvement for the past nine years. Previously she was a nurse and manager in inpatient maternal/newborn nursing; a nursing resource coordinator; and perinatal case manager in the Outpatient Clinic.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, and her master’s degree in public health from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in healthcare policy and regulation. She has been a CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) since 2005, and currently serves on the board of the CT Association of Healthcare Quality, chairing the Education Team.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366

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