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Sharon Washburn Named Huguley Patient Safety Officer

Huguley Memorial Medical Center has named Sharon Washburn as patient safety officer and administrative director of quality.  In her new position, she serves as a bridge between the administrative and clinical sides of the hospital, insuring that patient care and safety remains the topmost priority and incorporating national patient safety initiatives and research into the daily practices of the staff.  She supervises four departments:  infection control, risk management, education, and diabetes management. 

One of Huguley’s original employees, Mrs. Washburn was hired as a staff nurse in Women’s Services when Huguley opened in February 1977.  She has also served as the Women’s Services department’s head nurse, clinical nurse specialist and manager. 

When Huguley introduced electronic medical records in 2004, Mrs. Washburn was the facility projects manager, responsible for planning, training, and implementing the system.  Huguley was the first hospital among the 27 Adventist Health System hospitals to introduce electronic medical records.  Most recently, Mrs. Washburn has been the regional clinical informatics manager for the southwest and mid-America regions of Adventist Health Systems-Information Systems.

A Keene resident, Mrs. Washburn earned a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Amberton University in Garland.  She also holds a Master’s degree in maternal-child health from Texas Women’s University in Denton.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mrs. Washburn belongs to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the American Nursing Informatics Association.