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Amanda Kotler named chief nursing officer for Asante

Kotler will lead nursing functions across all three hospitals to create a systemwide approach to care.
Amanda Kotler
Amanda Kotler, chief nursing officer, Asante.

Sixteen years, progressive leadership roles, unwavering dedication to nursing and completion of a master’s degree program have led Amanda Kotler, RN, to her latest role with Asante.

Currently the vice president of Nursing at Asante Rogue Regional and Asante Ashland Community Hospital, on May 8, Amanda will step into the newly created position of senior vice president and chief nursing officer for our health system.

Combining oversight of nursing reflects the growing collaboration between nursing departments throughout Asante. It also ensures that all hospitals benefit from the skills, experience and best practices of the other.

She will lead nursing functions across our three hospitals with a focus on streamlining processes, improving efficiency, rebuilding the workforce, creating a system-focused patient care approach and a collaborative nursing culture. In addition to her focus on high quality, compassionate care, Kotler is passionate about nurse advocacy and empowerment and professional development for clinicians.

“To take a leap now is both exciting and a little scary,” Kotler said. “Ultimately to be given the opportunity to serve our clinicians and patients differently is a true honor.”

The Kotler family.

Kotler began her career at Asante 16 years ago as a nurse in the Heart Center, where she served in a variety of roles for five years. Since 2011, she’s been a clinical manager, director of Inpatient Nursing Services and vice president of Nursing — all at ARRMC.

In 2020, nursing oversight at Asante Ashland was added to her responsibilities. In addition to her hospital work, Amanda oversees Nursing Professional Development, the staff education program that promotes best clinical practices throughout Asante hospitals.

Throughout her years of service, Amanda has helped lead her teams through some very significant and successful initiatives.

“I attribute so much of our success to the incredible teams I work with,” Kotler said. “My biggest accomplishment has been watching nurses grow and to be part of their succession planning and growth.”

Other accomplishments include working with Asante Ashland to increase their census and maximize efficiency; leading capacity management and surge planning through the COVID surges; and participating in quality initiatives that led Asante to be recognized as a high-quality health care system.

“Each of us has been through so much as an organization and fought through so many things to be here,” Kotler said. “I’m eager to see how we can evolve and ultimately how we can be stronger as a team.”

The details of Asante’s new nursing and reporting structure are being finalized and will be shared when available.

Kotler holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Montana State University and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

“Amanda is passionate about empowering and developing clinicians in addition to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” said CEO Scott Kelly in making the announcement. “Please join me in congratulating Amanda and welcoming her to this new role.”

Do you know Amanda?

Her greatest passion is being a mother. She has a “beautiful blended family” with four kids.

She is married to retired cardiologist Todd Kotler, MD.

She loves working with people who are courageous, straightforward and honest.

She grew up in Keno, Oregon, population 1,059.

As a child she wanted to be a marine biologist.

In high school she built a fence and marked timber for the U.S. Forest Service.

She discovered nursing through a health occupation course in high school, and loved that the job combines science with compassion.

Her favorite movie is “Pulp Fiction.”

Her favorite book is “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Her favorite concert was Regina Spektor at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Her TV habits include watching everything from “Real Housewives” to “Criminal Minds.”

Her hobbies include exercise, reading, travel, skiing, spending time with her family.

She loves Mexico, ski resorts and dreams of going to Nice, France.

Her favorite animals are dogs. She has a Boston terrier, Ziggy, and a 15-year-old cat, Izzy.

She likes IPA beer, lattes and cheeseburgers.

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