Hospital names new chief nursing officer

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Theresa Dix has assumed the role of chief nursing officer at Wilson Medical Center.

Dix comes to Wilson Medical Center from Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville, Virginia, where she worked for 36 years in roles including charge nurse, director of surgical services and most recently as chief nursing officer.

Dix said her inspiration to become a nurse came from her beloved grandmother who was a licensed practical nurse in the community for many years.

Upon graduating with her nursing degree, she began her career as a charge nurse in the intensive care unit and continued in that role for 24 years before advancing to interim medical surgical director and then director of surgical services. Dix remained in that role until 2011 when she assumed the CNO role.

During her time at Wythe County Community Hospital, Dix received the inaugural Nurse of the Year award, was instrumental in the hospital achieving Blue Distinction Plus accreditation for total knees and hips and was extensively involved in obtaining the initial chest pain accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Care.

Additionally, she was actively engaged in patient safety through participating in the LifePoint Hospital Engagement Network and worked with the Duke National Quality Program to lead evidence-based practices in patient safety.

Dix earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from King College in Bristol, Virginia, and her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis.

Dix is a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Quality Council, a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, Virginia Nurses Association and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety. Dix has her multi-state privilege nursing license and is a certified professional in patient safety.

While in Virginia, she was involved in the community through various organizations such as the American Heart Association, Relay for Life and March of Dimes.

Dix has been married to her high school sweetheart, Allen, for 33 years and they have two adult children, Jared, 29, and Jenna, 26.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, exercising and traveling. She and her husband also love trying to new restaurants and consider themselves “foodies.”