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Newport Hospital has named Orla Brandos, RN, DNP, as its new chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. Brandos, who has 25 years of nursing and nurse leadership experience, was selected following a national search. She most recently served in a leadership position at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts.

Brandos will join Newport Hospital on Nov. 30.

“Orla brings to Newport a unique mixture of nursing experience, work ethic and personal commitment that will significantly benefit patients and staff here in Newport,” said Tom McGue, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs.

Brandos, a native of Ireland, previously served as the associate chief nurse for maternal/child health and ambulatory nursing services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a 270-bed medical center and member of the Partners HealthCare network.

Brandos’ previous experience includes positions as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Morton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts, and director of nursing at Lee Memorial Health Systems in Fort Myers, Florida. She has demonstrated a commitment to nursing education and development, risk management, program implementation, and the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care.

“I am passionate about safety and quality – about ensuring that patients receive the best care in the safest environment,” Brandos said. “I’ve worked at community hospitals throughout my career and I love the small, family feel of Newport Hospital where you have staff who have been there a long time and are truly invested in their work. In such a setting you get to know every employee.”

Brandos is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives; the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the National Association for Healthcare Quality; the National Association of Neonatal Nurses; and the Organization of Nurse Leaders in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts; a master’s in business administration from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a master of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She also has a doctor of nursing practice degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Brandos is the recipient of several outstanding performance and patient safety awards.