Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) chief nursing officer (CNO) Tracie Stratton has been named “CNO of the Year” by LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home.
The award is given annually to one CNO within LifePoint’s network of more than 60 hospitals who best exemplifies the company’s core values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, compassion, and ethical and legal compliance, and who is committed to advancing quality patient care.
“During her tenure at LifePoint, Tracie has been a leader piloting innovative programs to reach new levels of quality and service,” said Pam Booker, CNO of LifePoint’s Western Group of hospitals. “The Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board credits her efforts as the main reason quality at the hospital has significantly improved. Tracie is seen as a leader who is always engaged, asks the tough questions and is eager to tackle new projects. She is an enormous asset to the hospital and is very deserving of this recognition.”
LifePoint established the CNO of the Year award to honor the crucial role CNOs play delivering healthcare to their communities. CNOs must excel every day in enhancing clinical care and advancing the safety and wellbeing of patients while understanding the financial and operational aspects of the hospital.
“Tracie goes above and beyond to make our hospital better every day,” said Feliciano Jiron, chief executive officer at LAMC. “She has taken patient engagement to a new level, introducing educational materials and creating opportunities to involve patients in their care. Her compassion with her patients and employees has differentiated our hospital, and I am incredibly proud of her for earning this recognition.”
Stratton has taken on many roles at LAMC in addition to her CNO position. She is the house supervisor of nursing at the hospital on the weekends. Additionally, she is the case management director for ongoing coding and clinical documentation improvements, and acts as the hospital’s quality director.
Stratton also is part of the adjunct teaching staff at Northern New Mexico College helping to train the next generation of nurses in the state.