Emanuel Medical Center Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Feb 18, 2021
kathy and diana

Turlock, Calif. – Feb. 18, 2021 – Emanuel Medical Center has appointed Kathy Van Meter as its new Chief Nursing Officer and Dianna Romo as its new Associate Administrator.

Effective Feb. 1, 2021, Kathy assumed responsibility for all nursing and designated patient care functions within Emanuel. She oversees and coordinates the nursing units and their daily operations.

“Kathy is dedicated to the patient experience and advocating for patients to receive the safest care of the highest quality,” said Lani Dickinson, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “We are excited to have her step into this role and continue to implement best practices for our patients.”

Kathy has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years and has served as Associate Administrator at Emanuel since 2019. Prior to her role at Emanuel, she served in various Clinical Informatics roles in California and Arizona. Kathy was also employed at Legacy Health System in Portland for more than eight years, where the majority of her time was spent serving in the emergency department.

Kathy earned Associate Degrees in Nursing and Liberal Arts from Chaffey Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from DeVry University and Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and the California Association for Healthcare Quality.

Taking over for Kathy as Associate Administrator, Dianna will develop management objectives for various hospital departments and monitor results. She will coordinate activities within various departments and help resolve issues with department leads. Dianna will also support administration with special projects, and with short and long-term strategic planning.

“We are thrilled to have Dianna move into this position,” Dickinson said. “She has already shown a passion for ensuring we deliver excellent service and meet the needs of the patients we serve.”

Dianna has been at Emanuel since 2011 and has served in various roles including Human Resources Director, Human Resources Manager and Human Resources Generalist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Management and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from California State University Stanislaus.

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