West Valley Medical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracee Hendershott, of Denver, Colo., to the position of chief nursing officer. Hendershott comes to Caldwell from Rose Medical Center, which is owned and operated by West Valley's parent company, HCA Healthcare. She started at West Valley on May 22.

As CNO, Hendershott is responsible for the delivery and development of hospital-wide patient care programs, as well as clinical policies and procedures. She identifies and implements opportunities throughout the hospital for the monitoring, evaluation and improvement of patient care.

"What impressed me the most about the team at West Valley was the sense of family and commitment to the community," Hendershott said. "I have been overwhelmed with the dedication to their peers, dedication to high quality, safe care and the incredible warmth each and every team member of this hospital has. Patients and families come first here and that aligns with the leadership values I have."

Hendershott is a graduate of the HCA Continental Division's Nurse Leadership Development Program. Prior to her position as associate chief nursing officer at Rose Medical Center, Hendershott served as a labor and delivery nurse leader and director of Women's and Children's Services.

"Tracee has a proven track record when it comes to patient satisfaction, employee engagement, and exceeding national standards for care and treatment," Hunsicker said. "Her experience mentoring and developing nurse leaders will be invaluable as we continue our mission to meet the health care needs of our growing community."

Hendershott earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of North Colorado and a master of health administration from Webster University's Denver campus.

"I look forward to exploring the mountains and lakes around this area. We love to ski, camp and mountain bike," Hendershott said of her husband, two children and three dogs. "Leaving a big city and experiencing life with a tight knit, quiet community is so appealing to my husband and me. We were just waiting for the right opportunity and I feel so fortunate to have found it in Caldwell."