Magruder Hospital appoints new vice president of nursing

Magruder Hospital recently appointed Kathy Durflinger, RN, as the hospital's Vice President of Nursing. SDurflingerhe has been the Interim Vice President of Nursing since June of 2011 in addition to serving in her role as the hospital's Director of Performance Improvement and Risk Management.

Durflinger graduated from the St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing where she earned the Lori Grenich Award for clinical excellence. She earned her bachelor of business administration from Tiffin University and is on-track to earn her masters of business administration and masters of healthcare administration this May. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management by the American Hospital Association and a Certified Nurse in the Operating Room by the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
Before coming to Magruder, Durflinger was the Director of Cardiovascular Services at Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center in Lorain where she successfully oversaw the launch of an open heart surgery program. Prior to that, she was the Clinical Coordinator of Cardiovascular Surgery at Providence Hospital in Sandusky and played an integral role in bringing the first open heart surgery program to the area. She has served on the Statewide MRSA Quality Improvement Project, the Advisory Board for The Risk Management & Patient Safety Institute and the board of the Ohio Hospitals Association's Society for Healthcare Risk Managers.  She is a member of both the American and Ohio Societies for Healthcare Risk Management, and the Ohio Organization for Nurse Executives.
Durflinger and her husband Richard live in Huron. They have four adult children and three grandchildren. She is passionate about her faith, family and making a difference in the lives of others.
“I am thankful to be a part of the Magruder team, an organization of dedicated healthcare professionals that are focused on providing quality care," she said. "We have made great strides in our delivery of healthcare to this community, and I am eager to continue on that journey.”

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