Northern Dutchess Hospital names new chief of nursing

Bridget Hewitt, CNO, Northern Dutchess Hospital


Bridget Hewitt was recently named Chief Nursing Officer of Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Eighteen years ago, she was hired to work as a registered nurse in the hospital’s emergency department. Ever since, she has fostered her nursing career while raising her family. 

“When it comes our patients and staff, Bridget is an experienced leader and role model. While we’ll miss our retiring chief nursing officer, Pam Rhodes, we’re proud to promote such a caring, deserving nurse,” said Denise George, hospital president.

As former Director of Patient Services, Hewitt has spent the last few years overseeing inpatient medical, surgical and rehabilitation patient care, and helping the staff get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am devoted to the family culture that exists here that allowed me to grow within,” said Hewitt who lives in Rhinebeck.

She also held the role of the Director of Patient Experience, where she had hundreds of interactions with patients regarding their quality of care and overall satisfaction. 

Due to her close community connections, she is often recognized while at work and town. Her five children — including two sets of twins — were born at Northern Dutchess Hospital and attend local schools.

“My husband, Jesse, and I love raising our children here and that when we go to the grocery store or out to eat, everyone knows us,” she said.
Hewitt’s mother was a nurse while her father immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a young man. The Hewitt family still visits their ancestral cattle farm in Ireland. 

Before settling in Rhinebeck, Hewitt was a registered nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and Nyack Hospital in her hometown of Rockland County. She holds master’s degree in Nursing Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine.

Hewitt replaces Rhodes, who served as the CNO for the past 12 years and the hospital for 19 years. 

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