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Iredell Memorial Welcomes New Nursing Directors

Four new nursing directors have taken key leadership roles at Iredell Memorial Hospital in recent months. They will oversee operations in their units, help to shape policy, and ensure the best care possible for patients.

“We are excited to welcome four highly qualified and experienced nursing directors to our Iredell Health System family," said Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services Dr. Becky Quate. "They play a crucial role maintaining the high quality of care our patients have come to expect.”

Kathryn Lail, MSN, RN – Director, Critical Care Unit Kathryn Lail brings a strong record of leadership to Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was previously the Administrative Director of Cardiology Services and Assistant Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was also the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Telemetry, Cath Lab and Dialysis at Caldwell UNC Healthcare in Lenoir.

Lail earned her Master of Science degree in Leadership at Mountain State University in Charleston, West Virginia. She also earned her Associate of Science in Nursing from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Wayne Plummer, MSHA, BSN, RN - Director of Surgical Services/Outpatient Surgery/Post-anesthesia Care Unit Wayne Plummer comes to Iredell Memorial Hospital from University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas, where he was an OR Circulator Nurse, Clinical Nursing Supervisor of Surgical Services and Case Manager. He also served as the OR Nurse Supervisor at Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center.
Plummer earned his Associate of Science in Nursing from Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York. He also holds his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Rhonda Ruppe, BSN, RN, CEN – Director of Nursing, Emergency Department Rhonda Ruppe first came to Iredell Memorial Hospital in 1997 and has been an Assistant Director of Emergency Services since 2005. She was previously a charge nurse at Spartanburg Regional Hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Ruppe holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, South Carolina and has been a Board Certified Emergency Nurse since 2007. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing Administration program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Chelsea Coley, MHA, BSN, RN - Director, Oncology and Renal Care Chelsea Coley holds an Associate of Nursing Degree from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.

Coley has experience in progressive care cardiovascular telemetry, caring for patients who require cardiac monitoring. She was previously the Clinical Supervisor and Patient Care Coordinator for the Internal Pulmonary Unit at Carolinas Healthcare System. Coley has also mentored her colleagues as a resource nurse and helped to train staff on medical technologies including Canopy and Epic.

Photo shows (from left): Wayne Plummer, Chelsea Coley, Kathryn Lail, and Rhonda Ruppe.

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