Temecula Valley Hospital welcomes new chief nursing officer amid COVID-19

Janet Ruffin
Janet Ruffin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the new chief nursing officer at Temecula Valley Hospital. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital welcomed Janet Ruffin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, as the new chief nursing officer.

Ruffin began her role in February and has proceeded right into helping the Temecula Valley Hospital team with the COVID-19 response. From running educational town halls for staff, participating in emergency preparedness meetings daily, to rounding on patients and the clinical team several times per day, Ruffin has been instrumental in keeping the hospital safe and running smoothly.

“We are so lucky to have Janet as part of our team,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “She has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and professionalism as a CNO – and is already making a difference in our community during a challenging time.”

Ruffin most recently served as the CNO at Dallas Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Before that role, Ruffin served as CNO at Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud, Illinois.

Earlier in her career, Ruffin served in the United States Air Force both stateside and in overseas hospitals. She is also the proud parent of two Navy officers.

Ruffin earned her doctorate of nursing practice in executive leadership from the American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colorado, as well as a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Ruffin relocated from Dallas to Temecula with her husband.

“I am so pleased to join Temecula Valley Hospital and become an active member of this wonderful community,” Ruffin said.

Temecula Valley Hospital, with a 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents featuring 140 private patient rooms. Temecula Valley Hospital is the first Universal Health Services Hospital Emergency Department in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians as a Geriatric Emergency Department.

Temecula Valley Hospital specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general and surgical specialties and orthopedics as a recent Blue Distinction Center Designation for quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and patients’ consecutive ‘A’ grades for patient safety in spring 2019, fall 2018, spring 2018, fall 2017, spring 2017 and fall 2016.

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Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.