Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has named Gwen Alonso the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for the Hospital. The CNO is responsible for the leadership, direction, and administration of nursing operations to ensure compliance with the hospital’s mission, strategic plan, and objectives to the realization of quality, cost-effective health care services for patients. She will have oversight over all nursing departments within the 139-bed acute care facility. She brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her new role.
Alonso has been employed at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills since 2003, and most recently held the position of Associate Vice President of Cardiac Services, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to that, she served as the Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services from 2005 to 2010, and as the Critical Care Director from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, she worked at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point from 1981 to 2003, holding various nursing and nurse leadership positions during her 22 year tenure.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida; a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southern Adventist University; and an Association of Science degree in Nursing from Hillsborough Community College. She has completed several additional leadership training courses including the Adventist Health System Clinical Executive Leadership Boot Camp in 2010 and holds a Lean Leader Certification, certified in 2011. She was recognized with an award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing Practice by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 1991.
“We are extremely excited that Gwen has taken this leadership position in the Hospital,” said Randy Surber, CEO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, “she brings a wealth of experience and fresh energy to her new position, which will benefit our nursing operations as well as continue to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families.”
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About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog Group, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The Brain and Spine Institute provides brain surgery, spine surgery and minimally invasive neuro-interventions, immediately responds to acute strokes, has been awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission, and is also the only AHCA certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pasco County. The hospital offers advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee and total hip replacement through its Orthopaedic Institute. It also offers 24/7 emergency services including a new “fast track” option, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, the Center for Wound Healing, Sleep Center, Imaging Services, and the Simpson Breast Health Center, providing comprehensive breast health care services. Visit www.FloridaHospital.com/Zephyrhills for more information.