WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center has named Heather Gloede, RN, its new medical-surgical nursing director.
Gloede, who most recently served as the director of the neurovascular, stroke and gastroenterology units at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, will lead the nursing activities of Wesley’s medical-surgical tower, focusing her efforts on patient satisfaction and quality initiatives.
“Heather has many years of experience working in the field of medical-surgical nursing, and she has a personal passion for improving employee, patient and physician engagement,” said Joyce Soule, Wesley’s chief nursing officer. “We are excited to have her lead our medical-surgical nursing team.”
A native of Iowa, Gloede began her career as a medical-surgical registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, where she also was a telemetry unit clinic instructor at Mercy College of Health Sciences. Since then, she has held a variety of nursing positions, including travel nurse, cath lab and interventional radiology clinician and internal medicine unit nurse manager.
“I am looking forward to continuing my leadership career at Wesley,” Gloede said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be part of a first-class health system and its constant efforts to provide the best patient care in the Midwest.”
Gloede graduated from Mercy College of Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also is a graduate of Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she obtained a master’s degree in nursing and nursing leadership and management.
She is an avid runner and has completed several half marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys volunteering at road races and most recently helped in the medical tent at the world’s largest 10K race, Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race. Gloede is also a member of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.
Gloede began her new position with Wesley on Aug. 25.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Galichia ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.