SPRINGFIELD, Va. (July 6, 2016) – Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPOK), the global leader in critical communications, today announced the appointment of industry veteran Nat’e Guyton as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), effective July 6, 2016. In her new role, Guyton will be responsible for effectively representing nursing communications needs in a clinical setting to drive enhancement of Spok’s critical communications software solutions. She will also work with nurses at healthcare facilities globally in order to share best practices and implement programs for improved patient care and satisfaction.
“Spok is a dynamic organization committed to attracting and nurturing the very best talent,” said Vincent D. Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spok Holdings, Inc. “Nat’e brings over 15 years of healthcare experience to the position. She will play a vital role in executing our long-term strategy to achieve significant growth in all markets, by being a trusted partner with CNOs and nursing professionals worldwide. She has an impressive track record of success in delivering effective clinical consultations as well as utilizing strong management skills and critical thinking to lead clinical product teams.”
Guyton began her career with nursing positions at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., and at Temple University Hospital. She served as Senior Director of Nursing Operations at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., and as SVP, Chief Nurse Officer at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa. More recently, she was Chief Nurse Officer and then Chief Clinical Informatics Officer at Trinity Health System. She brings extensive experience in clinical and operational leadership in healthcare, along with a strong background in quality management and excellence in patient care.
“I am excited to join the Spok team and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities to help clinicians and patients,” said Guyton. “Response time is a critical factor in patient care. Most CNOs are looking to improve the efficiency of nursing workflows and address patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction. Spok can help with those challenges. With Spok, the patient experience is really the focus, and I am pleased to be with a company that understands those needs.”
Guyton received both a BSN and an MSN in Nursing from Widener University in Upland, Pa., and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Phoenix. She is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Delaware and certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Nurse Executive Advanced and by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. She is a member of the American Nursing Informatics Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.