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Asante appoints vice president of Nursing for system

ARRMC nursing director Staci Sparks will oversee nursing at all three hospitals.

Recent changes to the organizational structure of Nursing at Asante has created a new opportunity within Asante.

ARRMC director of Nursing Staci Sparks has been promoted to the new role of vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services for Asante.

She will hold management responsibilities across all three hospitals, overseeing nursing operations and inpatient services.

Sparks begins her new position on June 5. She will report directly to Chief Nursing Officer Amanda Kotler, with a dotted line to Win Howard at ATRMC, Mick Zdeblick at ARRMC and Jamie Grebosky, MD, at AACH.

“In this new structure, there will no longer be a separate vice president of Nursing at each hospital,” Kotler said. “This will allow us to continue building a high-caliber, collaborative nursing culture, as well as further improve our efficiencies and streamline our processes.”

In her new role, Sparks is accountable for the clinical professional practice and operations of nursing and the provision of high-quality and cost-effective patient care to ensure the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and services consistent with Asante’s Mission, Vision and strategic plan.

Sparks started her career at Asante 16 years ago as a certified nursing assistant in the Family Birth Center. After earning her bachelor’s in nursing from OHSU, she worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse in the ICU. Later, she received her master’s in nursing from Gonzaga University with an emphasis in health system leadership.

Sparks familyShe has held progressively challenging leadership roles at Asante and has been a director at ARRMC for five years. For three years, Sparks had oversight of the Emergency Department, Nursing Operations, Critical Care and Behavioral Health. For the past two years, she has been director of Nursing Operations and Emergency Department.

“Staci’s knowledge and passion have been instrumental in leading us through our uncharted capacity and staffing constraints,” Kotler said. “Staci is known for her advocacy and strength as well as her dedication to Asante.”

Staci Sparks
Do you know Staci?

She was born at ARRMC, the oldest of four children.

She started her career in a nursing home as a teenager.

In 2020 she set a goal to read 50 books. (She read 51.)

Her favorite book is “The Poisonwood Bible,” by Barbara Kingsolver.

In her free time she likes to lift weights, travel, hike, camp and be in the water. But don’t ask her to swim.

She loves fashion and design. Her first job was at Joann Fabrics.

If you ask her if she’s seen a certain movie or TV show, her answer is usually no. She falls asleep before they’re over.

She loves, we mean LOVES, dogs. Her family has three.

She’s not as serious as she may appear.

She loves humor, puns and dad jokes.

Her family are her best friends.

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