Following a national search, Dartmouth Health's Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) announces that Tracy Galvin, MSN, RN, will be its next chief nursing officer. Galvin joins DHMC from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where she served as chief nursing officer and senior vice president of the 345-bed, acute care hospital since 2015.
A New Hampshire native, Galvin holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Northeastern University and a master of science in nursing from Regis College. She is presently enrolled as a doctoral student at Regis College where she is pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice (DNP).
Galvin's career at Lahey began in 1987, when she joined the organization as a staff nurse. She progressed into leadership roles, including more than 10 years as associate chief nurse of critical care nursing services, where she worked closely with physician leadership to redesign the medical intensive care and coronary care units. She then served as associate chief nurse of inpatient services from 2013 to 2015.
During her tenure as CNO at Lahey, Galvin contributed to enabling and streamlining the cultural change process across the Lahey health system by establishing an interactive nursing culture committed to delivering excellent patient care through evidence-based best practices. Her commitment to the recruitment, retention and professional development has resulted in high employee engagement scores and low staff turnover rates.
"Tracy is a natural leader, demonstrated by a commitment to continuous rounding with the nurses she leads and open communication with her staff," said Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP, chief nursing executive of Dartmouth Health and executive vice president of DHMC. "As DHMC looks to the future at a time when healthcare is changing, having a leader like Tracy will inspire our nursing staff—who are critical to the care of our patients and success of our medical center—to deliver the best care possible and continuously strive to be better. I am thrilled that she will be joining us."
Galvin's tenure at DHMC began on May 30.
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Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.