SUBMITTED BY MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA
HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced the appointment of John Roque, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for TMCA and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. He will begin his new role on February 3.
At TMCA, Roque will be the top nursing executive over TMCA/Spalding’s six campuses. He will oversee an array of services and programs including cardiovascular services, emergency services and TMCA’s Level 2 Trauma Center. He will also play a key role in the expansion of inpatient clinical services and surgical services occurring at Centennial Medical Plaza, which will open its doors to inpatients later this year.
Roque, a Registered Nurse, has been with HCA Healthcare for over 19 years, most recently serving as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Swedish Medical Center. While at Swedish, he helped lead efforts that significantly reduced nursing turnover and contract labor. Roque also led a number of departments including the Emergency Department, Children’s Services, Critical Care Services, and oversaw initiatives that increased colleague and patient engagement scores. In 2019, Roque completed HCA Healthcare’s Executive Development Program and was named Most Outstanding CNO Associate in his class.
“John is a proven leader with a talent for building strong, successful teams,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “He has a passion for developing his nursing colleagues into strong leaders and a history of increasing patient satisfaction in the units he leads. John will be a wonderful addition to our Executive Team and I’m happy to welcome him to TMCA/Spalding and our affiliated campuses.”
Roque began his career with HCA Healthcare as an orthopedic nurse tech at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. After becoming a registered nurse, he continued his work in Orthopedics before moving into Critical Care areas such as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU). While in the ICU, he held a Charge Nurse position and was later promoted to Director of the CVICU and then to Administrative Director of Critical Care Services.
Roque received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas El Paso and a Master’s in Nursing Administration and Management from Aspen University. He lives in the Denver area with his wife, also a nurse, and his two children.
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