Fourth cohort for NRHA Rural Hospital CNO Certification Program Launches

Nov 21, 2022
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NRHA Rural Hospital Certification Programs
Sydney Grant, Director of Programming


Fourth cohort for NRHA Rural Hospital CNO Certification Program Launches

 [Kansas City, Mo.] – The National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Hospital CNO Certification Program launched its fourth cohort in September 2022.

 Leadership makes the difference. Today’s rural hospitals and clinics face tremendous challenges and uncertainty and are closing at an unprecedented rate. One in every three rural hospitals has been identified as “at risk.” According to NRHA CEO Alan Morgan, “Leadership is the biggest predicter of rural hospital success.”

The September 2022 cohort consists of the following participants:

  • Ashley Stolicker – Deckerville Community Hospital, Deckerville, MI
  • Brad Simons – Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Eaton Rapids, MI
  • Candice Smith – Hereford Regional Medical Center, Hereford, TX
  • Darcy Donnelly – Aspirus, Laurium, MI
  • Hilary Kile – Weiser Memorial Hospital, Weiser, ID
  • Jenni Word – Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, OR
  • Jody Gillum – Clay County Hospital, Flora, IL
  • Krista Eylar – Holton Community Hospital, Holton, KS
  • Kristen Upchurch – McCamey County Hospital, McCamey, TX
  • Lisa Ambuehl – Salem Township Hospital, Salem, IL
  • Lori Seim – First Care Health Center, Park River, ND
  • Mary Mushala – EMHS, Montrose, PA
  • Melissa Bowers – Seiling Municipal Hospital, Seiling, OK
  • Pat Touchstone – Cane Memorial Hospital, Crane, TX
  • Renae Irace – North Canyon Medical Center, Gooding, ID
  • Shanena Morris – Waner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL
  • Sheila Adams – Sierra Vista Hospital & Clinics, Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Shelly Gilbert – Mercy Tishomingo, Tishomingo, OK
  • Stephanie Crowder – Sweeny Community Hospital, Sweeny, TX
  • Theresa Overton – Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills, CA
  • Tiffany Friar – Sparrow Eaton Hospital, Charlotte, MI

 About NRHA’s Rural Hospital CNO Certification Program: NRHA’s Rural Hospital CNO Certification Program was developed by successful rural hospital CNOs for rural hospital CNOs to help them strengthen their leadership skills and lead their hospital to success. An individual with this certification will immediately be recognized as someone qualified to be a nurse leader in a rural hospital with excellence.

The next CNO Certification Program Cohort will be launching in Spring 2023! For more information about available programs, visit

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