UVM Medical Center

UVM Medical Center Announces Peg Gagne, MSN, RN, as Chief Nursing Officer

Gagne has served as Interim CNO since September 2019

Peg Gagne, CNO, UVM Medical Center

Burlington – University of Vermont Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Leffler, MD, announced today that after a competitive national search and multiple town hall-style employee interviews with the final candidates, Peg Gagne, MSN, RN, has been selected as Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital starting January 11, 2021. Gagne has been serving as Interim CNO since September 2019.

Gagne has been at the UVM Medical Center for more than 19 years, serving at different times as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and director. Over the past 14 months, Gagne has worked in partnership with the executive and operational teams at the UVM Medical Center to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as several crises, including an unprecedented cyberattack and challenges at the Fanny Allen campus. Earlier in 2019, she served as the Clinical Lead for the successful transition into the Miller Building, including the design, build, transition planning, move day, post-move support and optimization.

“I am very honored to officially take on the role of CNO at this organization,” Gagne said. “My hope is to continually strengthen nursing professional practice by fostering an accountable, transparent environment that is supportive of all staff, increases engagement and nurtures professional development.”

Gagne has also worked in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Quality, and Chief People Experience Officer to champion a new Collaborative Leadership model through all levels of the hospital. Key ongoing initiatives that support her commitment to frontline staff engagement and leadership include the Unit Staffing Collaborative project and the reintroduction of unit/department practice councils as part of the Nursing Professional Governance structure.

Gagne has also focused on promoting a healthy work environment through collaborative cross-organizational summit meetings, with tactics including expanding resources & opportunities for staff to grow professionally, and improving workplace communication.

“Peg has been a steady hand at this organization for years, and I am so proud to have her on the team,” Leffler said. “She is a great leader to have as a voice for nursing as we pursue the evidence-based ANCC Magnet accreditation as an organizational priority.”


About the University of Vermont Medical Center

The University of Vermont Medical Center  is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 

The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, an integrated system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve.

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