Columbia Memorial Health Announces Nursing Leadership Appointment

Stephanie A. Hisgen, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC Named Chief Nursing Officer

Columbia Memorial Health today announced the appointment of Stephanie A. Hisgen, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Ms. Hisgen, who holds numerous degrees including Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Public Health, and Bachelor of Science in nursing, joins CMH upon the retirement of CNO Mary Ellen Plass.

In addition to her academic achievements, Ms. Hisgen has accrued decades of nursing leadership and senior management experience at health care organizations in our region and across the nation, including as: Corporate Director of Nursing for Prospect Medical Holdings, a 17-hospital health system operating in five states; Chief Operating Officer of Visiting Nurse Service Northeastern New York; Director of Nursing Recruitment at SUNY Upstate Medical University; and Director of Nursing Excellence at Glens Falls Hospital. She also served as an advisor to the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention.

Much of Ms. Hisgen’s leadership focus has been supporting and advancing the development of frontline nurses, ensuring nurses have a voice in decision making, and building cultures of reliability, accountability and excellence to achieve the highest levels of patient care. She has also spearheaded efforts to develop nurse residency programs, and established pathways for nurses to advance their training and expertise in areas such as behavioral health and home health care.

Dorothy Urschel, Chief Operating Officer at CMH said: “Stephanie Hisgen brings to CMH a wealth of nursing leadership experience and skills. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a strong commitment to high quality patient care by supporting nurses and generating opportunities for nurses to advance their expertise. We enthusiastically welcome her to the CMH leadership team.”

Ms. Hisgen holds several advanced certificates for executive nurse management and has contributed to numerous publications. Her term as CNO began on January 1, 2022.