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Banner Lassen Medical Center to welcome new CNO

Kathy Virgil Belding  

SUSANVILLE, CA (May 9, 2014) –Banner Lassen Medical Center has named Kathy Virgil-Belding, MA, BS, CRNC, as the chief nursing officer for the hospital.

Belding begins duties as the hospital’s top nursing leader June 9. Chief Executive Officer Catherine Harshbarger has been serving in a dual capacity as CEO and CNO since fall 2013.

Belding comes to Banner Lassen from Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, WY, where she served as interim CNO and chief quality officer for the 25-bed critical access hospital. She has worked in interim leadership roles for a number of small, medium and large hospitals in Wyoming, Alaska, Washington, and Idaho while serving as CEO and senior principal/professional consultant for Belding, Jenner, Kaprocki & Denend Health Care Consulting. She has more than 40 years of progressive and diverse leadership experience in public health, private practice partnerships and acute care service line development and administration.

“Kathy brings a wealth of experience from working in a variety of facilities,” Harshbarger said. “Kathy’s previous achievements in providing excellence in clinical quality and patient experience will support Banner Lassen Medical Center’s commitment to the community. That experience will be valuable as our facility continues to change and grow. ”

Belding received her associate’s degree in nursing from Ricks College of Nursing in Rexburg, Idaho; bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Orlando, and her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Orlando.

About Banner Lassen Medical Center
Banner Lassen Medical Center originally opened in 1983 as Lassen County Hospital. It is a part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Banner Lassen offers a range of services to aid in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness.

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