As the new St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital administrator, one might assume Amy Shelton would want people to visit the hospital as much as possible, but ironically, that’s not the case.
“I genuinely care for Oneonta and the Blount County community,” she said. “With that mindset, I actually want to keep people out of the hospital by helping keep the population healthy.”
As administrator, Shelton, a Cullman native, is responsible for the everyday operations of the hospital, and her main goal associated with her new role is to keep citizens healthy.
For the past three years, she has worked at St. Vincent’s Blount. Initially, as executive director of patient care services, before being promoted to vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.
She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has held leadership positions at other hospitals, including Carraway and Brookwood.
“Amy has made a tremendous impact on patient care at our facilities,” said Michael Korpiel, president of St. Vincent’s East, St. Vincent’s St. Clair, and St. Vincent’s Blount. “Under her leadership, we have achieved successful joint commission surveys, improved quality outcomes and patient satisfaction scores. We are confident she will continue to lead and inspire our staff in her new role.”
Recently, the St. Vincent’s Health System restructured their business model which allowed Shelton to choose from three opportunities for promotion, and she chose to remain in Blount County.
“I love the people of Oneonta and Blount County,” she said.“This feels like my hometown now, and people really care about this hospital and support it.”
Shelton says she hopes to work more with the community and continue to promote wellness and health through educational opportunities such as diabetic education days which St. Vincent’s hosted this year at two local pharmacies.
“Every three years, we conduct community health assessments to identify the critical health needs in certain areas,” Shelton said. “Blount County’s top three are obesity, diabetes management, and heart disease. So we will continue to offer opportunities for the community to learn more about that and how to become healthier.”
Shelton welcomes questions, concerns, and ideas from the public, and encourages residents to call 274-3010 to speak with her about the health of the community.