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Holy Cross Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Photo of CNO Taren Rugierro, RN, MSN

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 1, 2014) – Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has promoted executive director of nursing Taren Ruggiero, RN, MSN, who began her career at the non-profit hospital 22 years ago, to Chief Nursing Officer.
 
In her new role, Ruggiero will be responsible for administering all aspects of nursing operations in accordance with the vision, mission, values of Holy Cross. She will work closely with Associates to provide excellence in patient care services as well as oversee development of patient care policies and procedures, standards of care and measurements to assess and improve patient outcomes.
 
“A strong, fair and compassionate leader, Taren is well liked among her peers,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D.  “Taren is known for consistently bringing resolution to issues that arise. She is dedicated, caring, supportive and always willing to listen.”
 
Ruggiero came to Holy Cross in 1992 as a graduate nurse in the hospital’s intensive rehabilitation unit and later became the unit’s director.  She was named executive director of nursing services when the position was first created in 2008.
 
Recognized for her passion toward patients, Ruggiero received the hospital’s Director of the Year Award in 2009 which recognized her leadership, inspiration to others, embrace of new responsibilities and innovative insights.
 
A Weston resident, Ruggiero is a member of the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, where she received a leadership award in 2007. She has served as the secretary of the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives since 2010 and as a board member of the South Florida Nursing Consortium since 2011. She also is involved in numerous Holy Cross Associate drives and collections that benefit the community.
 
ABOUT HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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