Nursing director chosen for Pueblo West Orthopedic Hospital in Parkview


Ruth Baxter, longtime nurse manager of Parkview Health System, has been promoted to director of nursing at the new Parkview Pueblo West Orthopedic Hospital, which is due to open in late August or early September.

Baxter is a 2005 graduate of Colorado State University Pueblo School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse in the hospital’s medical and surgical department, as well as the orthopedic department, and has spent the past eight years as the nurse manager of the fifth floor east wing tower of the hospital. ‘hospital.

“Ruth has worked closely with orthopedic surgeons and her staff to develop our current hip and knee replacement program. His dedication to this program is one of the reasons it is so successful,” said Renee Elwell, Parkview’s Chief Nursing Officer.

Baxter said his goals at Pueblo West will include focusing on a positive patient experience by providing highly specialized care with the help of a dedicated team of orthopedic nurses at the new, state-of-the-art hospital.

She also aims to increase the volume of total joint replacement surgeries performed at Parkview each year and hopes to provide more patients with the opportunity to improve their mobility and quality of life through expanded education programs.

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