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AdventHealth Hendersonville Names New Behavioral Health Director

Kristy Ellison, MSN, BSN, joins AdventHealth Hendersonville as its new Director of Behavioral Health.

Ellison established her skills as a leader in the Behavioral Health unit during her time as an admissions intake coordinator and case manager. Most recently, she served as the quality assurance supervisor for AdventHealth’s Behavioral Health Unit.

Ellison earned her associate degree in nursing from Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s in nursing leadership and management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As Director of Behavioral Health, Ellison will oversee the teams providing care to patients in AdventHealth Hendersonville’s 36-bed Behavioral Health Unit at its hospital. This includes the recently renovated Geriatric Behavioral Health and Women’s Behavioral Health units. The geriatric unit cares for male and female patients age 55 and older who are experiencing depression, mild dementia, and other behavioral health issues. The Women’s Unit treats an array of behavioral health issues like dual diagnosis (a behavioral health issue coupled with substance abuse issues), severe depression/anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideations and much more.

“I am a native of Henderson County. My family and my husband’s family have been in this area for decades,” Ellison said. “Over the years, I have seen the healthcare leadership AdventHealth has provided to our community. It was a natural decision for me to choose to become a part of the AdventHealth family. I am looking forward to continuing to work with this incredible behavioral health team to help not only care for our patients, but to also achieve the goals we have for our department and the goals they have for their healthcare careers.”

“Kristy has been part of the behavioral health team as we embarked on and completed the complete renovation of the unit,” said Beth Cassidy, DNP MSN RN NE-BC RNC-OB, director of clinical services: Emergency Department and Behavioral Health. “In every role she has played, Kristy has demonstrated uncommon compassion for both the patients and the team members. And I know that will continue as she moves into the director role.”

Hospital Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

AdventHealth Hendersonville has named Maureen Dzialo, MS, RN, NE-BC as vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer. Dzialo has been a nursing leader for more than 20 years. She will join the hospital’s leadership team on Sept. 26.

Dzialo received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, and her master of science – nursing leadership in healthcare systems from Regis University, Denver, Colorado. She brings a strong blend of clinical and nursing education experience to her role as CNO.

Most recently, Dzialo served as vice president of patient care services and CNO at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. During that time, she led a nursing team dedicated to the values of high reliability organizations (HRO), keeping patient safety and efficient delivery of health care at the forefront of their care. She also led master facility plan expansion projects for multiple hospital departments, including outpatient surgery, cardiology and interventional radiology.

“I have been blessed to have a career working with people who are called to care for others,” said Dzialo. “I can see that compassionate spirit in the team at AdventHealth and I am so excited to begin working with them to continue their promise to provide whole-person care to the people trusting us for their care now and well into the future.”

Outside of work, Dzialo enjoys spending time with her family. Usually she and her husband, Mark, can be found watching their two children play sports or enjoying time outdoors as a family. This move also brings Dzialo closer to family who live in the mountains of WNC.

FIND Outdoors Adds to Its Management Team

Lee Henderson-Hill started work in July as the chief development officer for FIND Outdoors. She is in charge of finding new donors and donor-based projects for the organization.

Henderson-Hill will be working with Adam De Witte, vice president of development & communications; Sharon Tam, communications manager; and the FIND Communications Team to identify grants and get the word out to the public about FIND’s message of equity and diversity in North Carolina’s public lands.

For the last 25 years, Henderson-Hill has been a community and nonprofit professional, working in the Blue Ridge mountains. She found her passion at FIND by bringing together her love for the outdoors, youth opportunities and travel.

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