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New leadership for advanced surgical care

This story appears in the 2019 fall/winter edition of Connections Magazine.

Being a patient at a hospital can be a stressful experience, but Gritman Medical Center’s goal is to ensure that each person who walks into our hospital or clinics has a positive experience and is treated with compassion and respect.

Snyder BernieBernie Synder, director of surgery

That’s why we work to recruit highly-trained and experienced staff, nurses, physicians and surgeons. It is also why we make it a priority to invest in the latest technology and equipment and in improving our facilities.

We recently welcomed a new director of surgery, Bernie Snyder, to our team to help us in providing the best possible care. She comes to Gritman with a wealth of experience as a surgical nurse and surgical leader. Her career in health care has spanned more than a quarter of a century and taken her across numerous state lines, with stops in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.

Among Snyder’s priorities in her new role will be improving patient safety, satisfaction and overall experience, from pre-admitting to the operating and recovery rooms. She will also work to help retain and recruit top physicians and ensure our staff has the most current training.

“There are a lot of pieces that go into surgery. It is not just a patient shows up to the hospital,” Snyder said. “It really does take a big team to take care of a patient.”

All those pieces working seamlessly together will help to ensure our surgeons have the tools, technology and support they need to provide exceptional care to their patients.

She most recently served as perioperative services manager at Summit Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. Previously, she held a variety of health care-related positions, including director of surgical services at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania; clinical team leader at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper; director of the neurosurgical team at Central Wyoming Neurosurgical in Casper; and assistant manager of educator surgical services at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Montana.

Gritman Chief Nursing Officer Bob Kendrick is excited about the experience and knowledge Bernie is bringing to Gritman.

“She has a great track record and has had success doing it before,” Kendrick said. “I always say if you want to predict what someone is going to do in the future, look back and see what they have done in the past.”


Connections Winter 2019 Cover Page

Fall/Winter 2019 Connections

As a nonprofit community hospital, Gritman Medical Center publishes Connections magazine twice a year to keep you informed and up-to-date with everything that’s happening in our hospital and regional network of clinics.

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