Gunnison Valley Health

Position: Chief Nursing Officer

Location: Gunnison, CO


Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) is an integrated health system serving the 17,000 residents of Gunnison County, Colorado; its 300-plus-member staff works with 50 local and visiting specialists to provide almost every aspect of health care to the community, including a family birthing center, a senior care center, and a cancer care center – all supported by a philanthropic foundation.
GVH's mission is to effectively organize and provide quality healthcare services that improve the health of the community, and its team members work together to practice and uphold the "I CARE" values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence in order to achieve the organization's vision of providing sustained, premier care to promote lifelong health and wellness to a vibrant, diverse, and independent community. The health system's commitment to excellence has been recognized in the receipt of several awards, including the 2018 Excellence in Patient Care Award from The Studer Group (for Mountain Clinic); designation as a "Top 25 Rural Hospital" and "Top 100 CAH" in the nation by iVantage; "Best Overall Performer" for patient satisfaction and "Most Improved Employee Engagement" by Avatar Solutions; the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission; a ranking in the top 5% in Colorado for its senior center; the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence; and ranking as the top EMS service in the state.


The city of Gunnison, Colorado is known as "the basecamp of the Rockies," with an elevation of over 7,700 feet. It is the county seat of Gunnison County, located within minutes of world-class skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, boating, horseback riding, hot springs, and river rafting. The Gunnison Valley includes the communities of Gunnison, Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, Almont, and Gothic. Gunnison County is home to 17,000 residents, representing an 11% growth in population since 2010. The city of Gunnison is home to 6,530 residents, not including the 2,911 students enrolled at Western Colorado University. Known locally as "Gunny," the community still maintains its historic tradition as a ranching town but has grown into a recreation mecca and a great place to raise a family.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CNO is responsible for managing all aspects of professional nursing and patient care services. As a member of the senior executive team, the CNO will be involved in the strategic planning for hospital operations and future needs, and will be responsible for establishing and sustaining a culture of skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision-making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition, authentic leadership, transparency, professionalism, accountability, excellence, and innovation.

A master's degree in healthcare administration, business administration, or nursing; a minimum of five years of professional nursing management experience in an acute care setting, preferably in a rural environment; and a current Colorado RN License (or eligibility)

Search Team:

Derek J. Castaneda

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