Rosemary Coyne Tapped To Lead Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

LAVNS President Rick Reiss, new Executive Director Rosemary Coyne, center, and Vice President Joyce Davidson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday to discuss Coyne’s recent hiring. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
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Rosemary Coyne, RN, MSN, of Gallup has been hired to fill the role of executive director of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. The position has been vacant since the departure of Georgina Mesibov several months ago.

“I am very excited to take on this new adventure,” Coyne said during an interview Saturday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. “I love Los Alamos already – it’s beautiful – it really, really is and there is so much to do.”

Coyne has worked in Home Health and Hospice since 1989. Her resume reflects strong home health and hospice knowledge, as well as extensive management experience. Most of her work has involved managing and directing hospital-based agencies, which she said has taught her to be self-directed and a strong advocate for patients and staff.

“I can’t imagine working in any other healthcare field,” Coyne said. “I have an established record for increasing census and improving quality measure scores. I have strong home health and hospice knowledge, as well as extensive management experience.”

LAVNS Board President Rick Reiss accompanied Coyne to Saturday’s interview and was joined by Board Vice President Joyce Davidson.

“We are looking forward to continue the tradition of over 40 years of providing healthcare to the community,” Reiss said, adding that the organization is fortunate to find someone in New Mexico with experience working in small, diverse communities.

“Fortunately we have a lot to offer … a vibrant community … low crime rate … an engaged community,” he said.

Davidson chaired the search committee that selected Coyne.

“I’m so pleased that Rosemary has agreed to come be a part of our community because she has extensive experience in hospice and homecare administration,” Davidson said. “She has met with senior staff who have embraced her, and with her experience, she can help us to continue our pursuit of developing a hospice inpatient facility for the community.”

Coyne spoke of her most recent position as director at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Home Health and Hospice in Gallup. When she arrived on the job in 2010, the facility was on the verge of being shut down due to two poor Joint Commission and state surveys in a row, she said.

“With the hard work of the staff, we turned the agency around,” Coyne said. “Our March 2015 New Mexico Department of Healthhome health and hospice on-site surveys resulted in no findings.”

Coyne has two grown sons who live in Albuquerque. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with highest honors in 1995 from Gannon University, Erie, Penn.; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with honors in 1979 from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Coyne is finishing her work in Gallup and said she will report on or before March 7 to her new job at LAVNS.

LAVNS is a not-for-profit Home Health and Hospice Agency providing “intermittent” skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social services and home health aides to patients in Los Alamos County, northern Santa Fe County and parts of Rio Arriba County.

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