Adena Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Graham has named Katherine Edrington to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Edrington will lead the system’s hospital operations in Chillicothe, Greenfield and Waverly. She most recently served as Mercy Health’s vice president of nursing east market and site administrator at Mercy Anderson Hospital, located in Cincinnati.
As CNO/COO for Mercy’s East Market, Edrington has been responsible for nursing and operations for two hospitals (Anderson and Clermont) with a total of 426 beds; two emergency departments; and two outpatient, ambulatory surgery centers. Service lines within her responsibility there include: Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Oncology.
“Kathi has nearly 20 years of experience in nursing, with 14 of those years in nursing and operational leadership,” said Graham. “She is a strong servant leader who is focused on the overall needs of the patient, staff and providers. Kathi is highly-skilled at recognizing how the organization can meet the quality, service and expectations of the patient, and making sure the organization is safely and effectively meeting that need. I’m confident Kathi will be instrumental in making Adena top-of-mind and first choice for health care for those living in our region.”
“I’m excited to join Adena to continue pursuing my goal, at the system level, of aligning operations and nursing to provide the best experience we can for our patients, staff and our community,” said Edrington. “I also look forward to becoming engrained locally, and gaining insight into how Adena can continue to improve and maintain the overall wellbeing of those who live here.”
In her prior role, Edrington successfully led multiple high-profile projects, including making Mercy’s East region the health system’s model for emergency department flow and efficiency. She oversaw the completion of a $74 million expansion of the Anderson campus, which included 90 new patient rooms, a 21-bed ICU, and a 23-bed Acute Rehab Inpatient Unit. Under her leadership, Mercy’s Anderson and Clermont hospitals have been continually recognized nationally among Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals.
Edrington has earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice-executive nurse leadership from the University of San Francisco; a master’s of nursing from Northern Kentucky University; a master’s of business administration from University of Phoenix; and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University. Additionally, Edrington serves as an adjunct professor for a masters-level nursing course at Xavier University in Cincinnati, preparing nurse leaders to support safe practice environments, optimize patient safety, reduce risk and promote desired clinical outcomes.
Edrington and her husband, Adam, have been married for 19 years. They are the parents of three teenage daughters. Kathi begins her new role with Adena on Nov. 30, 2017.
Submitted by Maria Smith, director corporate communications, Adena Health System.