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Fort Washington Medical Center's Chief Nursing Officer Named Employee of the Year

04-10-2017
Wanda Watlington Receives Award from the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area

(Oxon Hill, MD.) April 3, 2017—Wanda Watlington, Ed.D, RN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Fort Washington Medical Center, was recently awarded the Employee of the Year Award by the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area. Given to outstanding healthcare individuals who have demonstrated sustainability, quality, and patient satisfaction in their professional role, the honor is awarded for making an extraordinary contribution to their organization.

Watlington joined Fort Washington Medical Center in 2016 and has been instrumental in transforming the nursing practices of the organization. She has implemented processes and policies which ensure that patients receive the highest level of care. “This award is a testament to Mrs. Watlington’s extraordinary leadership, effective engagement, and overall commitment to our hospital,” says Interim FWMC President and CEO, Reginald A. Jones. “Since she has joined Fort Washington Medical Center, she has worked diligently to implement the organizations’ mission of providing compassionate and responsive healthcare to all who walk through our doors.”

Watlington has extensive experience in nursing management and held numerous leadership roles in academic medical centers and community hospitals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services at the University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Nurse Executive-Board Certified Credential (NE-BC), and a published co-author of: A Successful Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Decreasing Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections in Joint Replacements from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

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