Meet UVM Health Network’s First Chief Nursing Officer
Meet the UVM Health Network’s first Chief Nursing Officer, Annette Macias-Hoag, DNP, MHA, BSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, who was hired in August 2021 to lead the nursing practice across the network’s seven Vermont and Northern New York affiliates. After a national search, she was selected to partner with nursing, physician, quality and other operational leaders throughout the health system to support the nursing workforce as we innovate to continually improve the high-quality care patients now receive.
Macias-Hoag has more than 20 years of experience in nurse management, in both strategic and operational roles, with expertise in improving patient satisfaction, outcomes and workforce retention. She is a skilled, collaborative leader who has experience both at the bedside and as an administrator in a multi-hospital health system. Most recently, she worked to develop and manage emergency sites to provide health care to unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S.
During her first months on the job, Macias-Hoag visited every one of the network’s hospitals and our Home Health & Hospice agency. “Without exception, I’ve been welcomed by everyone I’ve met. I have had the pleasure to spend time providing care with our nurses and learning from them what it is to be a nurse at each of our locations,” she wrote in a message during Nurses Week. “It gives me great pride to be part of this wonderful team, as I reflect on each visit. I thank you for allowing me to enter into your space.”
During these incredibly challenging pandemic years, she observed that collaboration and “our ability to show up for one another has helped us all persevere.”
Macias-Hoag added that during especially hard times taking a moment to reflect on why she became a nurse helps her find courage and strength, and she invited others to do the same. “This is a valuable exercise for everyone, no matter your role. I believe we can find comfort in the great things our nurses, care teams and staff do every day to help our patients and their families during the most vulnerable times in their lives. I thank you for allowing me to be part of this great team.”