ASTORIA — Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) welcomes Judy Geiger as its top nurse.

Geiger joined CMH on Jan. 7 as its new vice president of patient care services. She has more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric nurse and nurse administrator. She previously served as chief nursing officer and executive director of One Intermountain Pediatrics, part of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Geiger holds a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, and an MBA in healthcare management from Regis University. She is passionate about nurses, patient safety and the patient experience, and says she is eager to be a part of a smaller community and work with new people.

“I’m working with what’s obviously a good organization—I can tell that, even after two days,” she said.

CMH Chief Operating Officer Nicole Williams said Geiger was a standout applicant. “I was impressed by her work history. She worked her way up from general nursing to holding multiple leadership positions in one healthcare system,” Williams said.

“Since 2009, Judy and her husband have owned a home in Seaside, where they have enjoyed vacationing,” Williams said. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the area more permanently.”

Geiger will oversee nursing services, care management, surgical services, cancer care, pharmacy and hospice services. She will play a key role in preparing the hospital for accreditation visits, and federal and state inspections.

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