Intermountain Good Samaritan Medical Center recently announced Ann Gantzer, Ph.D., RN as its new Chief Nursing Officer.
Gantzer joins Good Samaritan from UW Health, an integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services for two hospitals in northern Illinois.
With more than 35 years of experience as a nurse and healthcare leader, Gantzer began her nursing career as a critical care and mobile unit (float) registered nurse. She has worked her way as up as a manager, director, vice president and chief nursing officer in both large and small hospital settings.
Gantzer also enjoys education and has held adjunct teaching positions throughout the last 15 years.
“I love being a nurse and working in a profession that makes such a valuable and unique contribution to patient care,” said Gantzer. “As a nurse leader, I strive to create an environment and culture that ensures each nurse can fulfill their passion as it relates to patient care that we provide.”
Gantzer holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University, a master's in business administration from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, and a Ph.D. in organizational management from Capella University in Minneapolis.
Gantzer comes to Good Samaritan Medical Center at a very exciting time. In August, the hospital received its prestigious designation as being a Magnet hospital. The Magnet Recognition® Program, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and consistently deliver excellence in patient care. GSMC also received seven (7) Magnet Exemplar accolades meaning Good Samaritan outperformed the majority of organizations through outstanding examples of best practices. The medical center joined the global Magnet community - a select group of just nine (9) percent of health care organizations in the United States, more than 6,200 hospitals, and is now one of only 14 Magnet-designated hospitals in Colorado.