She is a native of Seaford and embraces the values that growing up in a small town have taught her. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1980 and went on to pursue a nursing career at Delaware Technical Community College. In 2012, Ms. Short was honored with the Distinguished Alumni award from Delaware Technical Community College-Owens Campus along with being their 2016 graduating class commencement speaker. Her healthcare career began at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital 36 years ago where she continues to feel the pride and responsibility for caring for family, friends and neighbors in a community hospital. She has most recently held the position of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Nanticoke Health Services.
“Over the past decade, we have worked to make Nanticoke a leader in healthcare, recently being named as a 100 Top Hospital ™ by IBM Watson,” said Steve Rose, RN, MN, CEO of Nanticoke Health Services. “Penny has been an integral part of this journey. I could not be more proud to announce her as the next President of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She is an excellent leader, trusted and well respected by everyone with whom she works.” Mr. Rose remains the President/CEO of Nanticoke Health Services.
Ms. Short led the hospital to accreditation as the first Primary Stroke Center in Delaware, Level III Trauma Center, ACOS Accredited Cancer Center. She takes special pride in Nanticoke being recognized by CMS as the first 4-Star hospital in Delaware for both the patient experience and quality and the acknowledgement from Healthgrades for Patient Safety and Patient Experience. Under her direction, Nanticoke has fully implemented a robust Cerner EMR allowing them to receive Meaningful Use II, HIMSS Level 6 certification, and Hospital Most Wired status three consecutive years..
Ms. Short serves on the Board of the La Esperanza and the Sussex County Montessori School. She is a member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“With over 35 years of experience in healthcare, and having been the leader of clinical operations at the hospital since 2008, Ms. Short was the natural choice to become the next President of Nanticoke,” said David Crouse, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We have every confidence in her abilities to ensure the next generation of healthcare for our patients. Her commitment to the organization and to the community is evident in everything she does.”
Photo Cover: Penny Short, RN, BSN Named President of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware.
Nanticoke Health Services includes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Nanticoke Physician Network. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was the first hospital on Delmarva to receive a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is the only hospital in Delaware to be nationally recognized by Healthgrades with the Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Nanticoke holds a Level III Trauma Center certification, is nationally certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program. Nanticoke’s Allen Cancer Center holds Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes over 180 health care providers practicing in 38 different specialties including the 60 providers employed within the Nanticoke Physician Network.