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New Health Quest COO to oversee hospital operations, strategic planning

Posted: 12/4/2017

Kerry Eaton recently joined Health Quest Systems as chief operating officer.

“I am excited to work with the leadership teams at Health Quest to continue to advance healthcare in our communities and transform our system into a leading healthcare organization,” Eaton said. “As chief operating officer, my goal is to ensure our facilities offer high-quality care for patients and the latest medical technology to support our medical staff.”

A resident of LaGrangeville, Eaton has more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare and 14 years of experience as an executive team member outside of Health Quest.

In her role as COO, Eaton is directly responsible for overseeing hospital operations, strategic planning for the system, and system-wide quality and performance improvement.

She most recently worked for Sacred Heart Health System, a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health system, and the recently formed Gulf Coast Health Care System, both in Pensacola, Fla.

During her time at Gulf Coast Health Care, which includes four hospitals, a large multispecialty provider group and a skilled nursing facility, Eaton held the position of COO and was responsible for integrating operations across all locations to achieve improved clinical and financial outcomes.

She also served as the COO for St. Vincent’s Medical Center, also a member of Ascension Health, in Bridgeport, Conn. During this time, she made significant contributions to patient safety/quality, emergency department operations and patient experience.

Eaton earned her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Connecticut in Mansfield.

Outside of the office, Eaton is an avid painter and enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, at their vacation home in Maine. 

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