Emergency preparedness manager to leave
Jackie DeSilva, who successfully led ARRMC to becoming a Level II Trauma Center in 2018 and later oversaw emergency preparedness, leaves the organization at the end of this month. DeSilva heads to Crater Lake Surgery Center in Medford, where she will serve as director.
DeSilva has been with Asante for 15 years, starting as a nurse in ARRMC’s Emergency Department. For the past 10 years, she has led the hospital’s trauma program at ARRMC. During her tenure, she successfully guided ARRMC from a Level III to Level II Trauma Center and helped to elevate the trauma care Asante provides to the region. DeSilva also significantly strengthened Asante’s relationships with our local EMS and fire partners, along with our trauma partners at Oregon Health Authority.
DeSilva has served as chair of the local Area Trauma Advisory Board since 2012. In addition, she served on the Oregon EMS for Children Committee since 2012 and chaired the committee for four consecutive years. She has also served on the State Trauma Advisory Board for the past two years. DeSilva is the current president of the Southern Oregon Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and president-elect for the Oregon ENA.
In 2020, in addition to her ARRMC trauma duties, DeSilva was chosen to oversee emergency preparedness for Asante — just in time to help us navigate the emergency and aftermath of the devastating Almeda fire. During this time, her strong relationships with first-responder organizations and fire personnel proved to be an invaluable asset to Asante.
DeSilva’s last day is April 29.
“Jackie will be remembered for her servant leadership, incredible dedication, strong physician and community relationships, and dedication to excellence,” said Kristi Blackhurst, vice president of Operations for ARRMC. “She will be truly missed.”
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