Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | August 19, 2013

Duke Raleigh Welcomes New Leaders to the Team

By Rick Gannotta, NP, DHA, FACHE, Duke Raleigh Hospital President

I am excited to announce two new leaders that are joining the executive team at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Their leadership will be critical as our organization moves forward in this rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

This month, Michael Spiritos, MD assumed the role of Chief Medical Officer

Michael Spiritos, MD

Michael Spiritos, MD

(CMO) after an extensive interview process that involved the participation of Duke University Health System and Duke Raleigh Hospital leadership, members of the hospital medical staff and representation from the Duke Raleigh Advisory Board.

Dr. Spiritos will be focused on supporting all medical staff activities at our hospital, as well as hospital initiatives for quality and patient safety.  Through the remainder of this year, he will work with retiring CMO Ted Kunstling, MD, who has provided extraordinary leadership for our hospital and the medical staff.

Dr. Spiritos is well prepared for his new role as he has served since 2007 as chief of medical oncology for the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center. He has also been the lead representative in Wake County for the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), an organization to which all Duke University Health System physicians belong.

One of Dr. Spiritos’s biggest challenges will be guiding hospital staff through many changes in healthcare delivery, including the adoption of an electronic medical record. All health records will be converted from paper to electronic by February 2014.

Priscilla Ramseur, MSN, RN, CNOR

Priscilla Ramseur, MSN, RN, CNOR

Priscilla Ramseur, MSN, RN, CNOR will also join Duke Raleigh Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) next month.  Priscilla comes to Duke Raleigh from Duke University Hospital where she most recently served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Perioperative Services.

As CNO, Priscilla will lead our hospital’s nursing program and coordinate a multidisciplinary, team approach to patient care.  Like Dr. Spiritos, Priscilla’s role in innovating and facilitating change in healthcare delivery will be paramount for our nursing program.

Priscilla has extensive experience with more than 18 years in management and 25 years in perioperative services at Duke University Health System. She has served as a member of the senior nursing leadership team at Duke University Hospital and has past experience as a clinical operations director, OR nurse educator and staff nurse.  She has successfully coordinated unit mergers, construction projects, and managed change through communication, collaboration, team building and her passion for nursing.

I know the entire Duke Raleigh team joins me in welcoming these two distinguished leaders to their new roles.

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