YVMC names six new directors

Hospital promotes employees to management positions

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— The Yampa Valley Medical Center has announced the promotion of six employees to director positions at the hospital and its Doak Walker Care Center.

New directors were named for cancer services, human resources, a financial position and a quality performance position, as well for the Doak Walker center.

Jan Fritz, who has worked at YVMC part-time since 1990, was appointed director of cancer services. She will coordinate the outpatient oncology clinic, develop services for patients and supervise the hospital's Infusion/Chemotherapy Center.

New Director of Performance Excellence Vicki Lickteig has worked with YVMC for 22 years. In her new position she will oversee several departments and functions, including quality and risk management, medical staff services, infection prevention and peer review.

"Vicki brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position," Chief Patient Services Officer Judy Zuccone said. "She has been such a tremendous asset to this organization, and she will continue to strive for excellence in outcomes, satisfaction and safety for our patients."

Soniya Fidler took the director position for human resources, where she will be responsible for staffing, performance management and improvement, employee orientation, development and training.

She also will oversee compensation and benefits administration, employee services and counseling, employee relations, housing and recognition programs.

Fidler is certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute. She most recently she held the position of assistant director of human resources. Fidler has been with YVMC since December 2005.

Liz Guerra and Sue Heiner have been promoted from nurse managers to directors of nursing at the Doak Walker Care Center. Guerra began work at the center in March 2005. She is responsible for interviewing, hiring, training and orientation of new staff. She also leads the Eden Alternative Journey and is involved with YVMC's certified nurse class.

Heiner has been a nurse at the Doak Walker Care Center for 13 years and has held several leadership positions. Her director duties include staffing, resident care, communication and collaboration with other departments.

Mike Nelson also has been promoted to senior director of revenue cycle. Nelson was formerly the director of patient financial services at YVMC, where he has worked for more than four years. In his new position, Nelson will coordinate several departments, including patient access, patient financial services and health information management.

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