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Hospital vice president earns top healthcare leadership credential

New Britain [April 09 2012] - Middlebury resident Denise Peterson, R.N., M.S., vice president, Patient Care Services/chief nursing officer at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Only 8,500 healthcare executives hold Fellow status, which represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Peterson joined the hospital as director of nursing in 2007 and assumed additional responsibility for the oncology service line in 2008. Before joining The Hospital of Central Connecticut, she served in many nursing leadership roles, including administrative director of Inpatient Services and director of the surgical/orthopedic patient services at the Waterbury Hospital, and a service line executive at Danbury Hospital. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Rensselaer at Hartford. She holds Nurse Executive, Advanced Board Certification, with the credentialing distinction of NEA-BC. Peterson is also green-belt certified in Lean Six Sigma.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

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