ST. THOMAS – Schneider Regional Medical Center announced Saturday that Chief Operations Officer Angela Rennalls-Atkinson will serve as interim Chief Executive Officer starting Jan. 1, 2012.
Governing Board Chairman Cornel Williams shared the selection during the monthly meeting of the Territorial Hospital Board, whose members approved the choice.
Rennalls-Atkinson will take over the responsibiities of outgoing CEO Alice Taylor, who submitted her resignation in October. The SRMC Governing Board will soon form a search committee dedicated to finding a permanent CEO, Williams said.
Taylor thanked the board members for their support during her time at SRMC, and she recognized the staff for their dedicated service.
“This is an outstanding community of health care professionals, and I am honored to have worked with you,” Taylor said.
Williams said SRMC greatly benefited from CEO Taylor's contributions, and that Taylor made positive changes to every care standard the board had asked her to improve.
“All of them were significantly improved – every single one,” Williams said.
Rennalls-Atkinson started working for SRMC in 2003 as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services. Prior to that, she had held numerous leadership positions at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York, NY. She has her B.S. in Nursing from City College of New York, her M.S. in Community Health from Long Island University, and her M.B.A. in Management, with distinction, from Long Island University.
In 2007, SRMC promoted Rennalls-Atkinson to the position Chief Operations Officer. Chairman Williams said Rennalls-Atkinson handled that job with competency, professionalism and a commitment to going above and beyond.
“Ms. Atkinson filled those roles admirably,” Williams said.
Since January of this year, Rennalls-Atkinson has also served as Chief Nursing Officer. Over the next two weeks, Rennalls-Atkinson and Taylor will draft an interim plan for handling the CNO and COO duties Rennalls-Atkinson currently performs.
Rennalls-Atkinson said she will continue to work on the board's priorities of meeting clinical excellence, improving the customer experience, and facing the tough financial challenges that are certainly ahead.
“The highway has been set,” Rennalls-Atkinson said. “It is up to us to follow the path.”