Putnam Hospital names new Chief Nursing Officer

Anna Gaya-Ngowe, CNO Putnam Hospital


A familiar face has joined Putnam Hospital’s senior leadership team. 

Veteran Putnam Hospital nurse Anne Gaya-Ngowe is the facility’s new Chief Nursing Officer. In her role, she acts as a liaison between the nursing staff and hospital management. 

“As a longtime team member at Putnam Hospital, Anne is an experienced leader and role model to our patients and staff. We are proud to see the Chief Nursing Officer position filled by such a dedicated, caring and deserving nurse,” Putnam Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “We look forward to working together on the future growth and success of Putnam Hospital.”

This promotion recognizes the contributions Gaya-Ngowe has made to Putnam Hospital during her tenure with the organization. For the last nine years, she has served as Director of Nursing Resources and Patient Care Services, responsible for leading several departments including float pool, nursing supervisors, stroke care, inpatient oncology, bloodless medicine and transportation. She was also instrumental in setting nursing quality measures and standards of care and practice in Patient Care Services. At the start of the pandemic, she was named Operations and Planning Sections Chief for Emergency Management, assisting with the development and implementation of strategy and tactics during the hospital’s COVID-19 state of emergency. 

“I look forward to working with our team of devoted and hardworking nurses, auxiliary personnel and allied health professionals in enhancing the services we provide to our community,” Gaya-Ngowe said. “It is an honor to work with staff as we usher in a new era of healthcare at Putnam Hospital.”  

Gaya-Ngowe started working at Putnam Hospital in 1998 as a nurse in the Medical-Surgical unit. After six years, she became a supervisor, responsible for the overall patient care management of the nursing staff. She also served in a variety of other roles including Outcomes Coordinator, interim Director of Psychiatry and Director of Obstetrics. 

Gaya-Ngowe is from Kenya, East Africa, and migrated to the United States in the early 1990s. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in Pleasantville, NY. She later received a master’s degree in Business Administration in Healthcare from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and a master’s in Public Health: Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. 

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