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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Melanie Stanton named chief nursing executive for Mountain States; two other executives promoted

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – With more than 20 years of nursing experience, Melanie Stanton has been named chief nursing executive of Mountain States Health Alliance.  

Stanton has been serving patients of Mountain States her entire career, which began in 1995, and has earned several progressive promotions in nursing leadership Melanie Stantonthroughout the system. Prior to her being tapped as the chief nursing executive, Stanton served as chief nursing officer for Mountain States’ southeast market, which includes Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and Johnson County Community Hospital. She began her nursing career at Johnson City Medical Center as a staff nurse and rose through the ranks as house supervisor, staffing and support services manager, and director of medical/surgical nursing.

As chief nursing executive for Mountain States, Stanton will be the senior executive responsible for overseeing the practice of nursing across all clinical settings throughout the system, including the delivery of nursing care, professional practice, development, education and information technology utilization. Stanton will participate in major system decisions, ensuring the perspective of nursing is considered as a key part of any strategic or operational decision.  

“The voice of our nurses is important, and the perspective of our nurses needs to be considered whenever any decision is being made that affects the strategy or direction of our system,” said Alan Levine, president and chief executive officer of Mountain States. “Melanie has earned the respect of her colleagues over many years of outstanding nursing practice and leadership, and I expect her to be a highly visible and active member of my management team. She has my full support and the support of our Board of Directors. I am especially proud that she is home-grown, having worked her way up through our system.”

“I have seen such incredibly talented nurses and support staff throughout my career at Mountain States, and it is truly a privilege to step into a leadership role for the system where I can find ways to advocate for their growth while helping to achieve the goals of our great system,” Stanton said. “I love what we do every day, and I am enthusiastic about bringing the perspective of nursing to all we do.”  

Stanton earned two bachelor’s degrees from East Tennessee State University, one in business administration and the other in nursing. She later earned her master’s degree at King University. Stanton is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She was also recognized as a Servant’s Heart winner at Mountain States – the system’s highest honor – for her dedication to patient-centered care.

Stanton’s appointment is effective immediately.

In addition to Stanton’s promotion, two other Mountain States executives have been promoted. Tim Belisle, previously senior vice president for corporate compliance and general counsel, has been promoted to executive VP for corporate compliance and general counsel. Lynn Krutak, previously senior VP and chief financial officer, has been promoted to executive VP and chief financial officer.