MAMC appoints new chief nursing officer

Muleshoe — Ginger Yaeger, RN, has joined the staff of Muleshoe Area Medical Center (MAMC) as its new chief nursing officer.
“Ginger brings a wealth of experience in routine, critical care and emergency nursing to MAMC,” announced Dennis Fleenor, MAMC administrator. “We are pleased that she agreed to join our team, and look forward to continued improvements in nursing care and patient satisfaction under her leadership.”
A Texas native, Yaeger joins MAMC after a seven year stint as a RN/Charge Nurse at Lubbock Heart & Surgical Hospital, Lubbock, Texas. During this period, she also worked in a similar capacity at University Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas.
“I am really excited to begin working in Muleshoe,” said Yaeger. “I love Muleshoe, and everyone here has been so friendly and welcoming.”
“I am also very happy to work in a smaller hospital environment that will allow me to get to know my nursing staff and our patients on a more personal level,” Yaeger continued.
Following her graduation from the Nursing Program at Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas, Yaeger worked for Bluebonnet Home Health & Hospice, Friona, Texas, from 2007 through 2011. Bluebonnet is also an affiliate of Preferred Management Corporation.
“My mother was a nurse, and I was always drawn to nursing as a fulfilling career,” said Yaeger. “Working in Muleshoe will allow me to continue to do the things I love, while expanding my responsibilities in nursing administration.”
Healthcare is a family business for the Yaegers. “My husband Robert is a paramedic who continues to work at Lubbock Heart & Surgical Hospital,” Yaeger explained.
Yeager is mom to a 16 year-old son in high school, and a 5-year old daughter, in kindergarten. She is passionate about children and the need for cardiac screening for school athletes.
“West Texas has had several incidents of students collapsing on the field as a result of unknown heart conditions,” said Yaeger. “So I and three other nurses formed ‘Operation Screen Your Athlete,’ a non-profit organization that provides cardiac screening for young athletes,” she explained.
The organization offers children ages 12-18 free screenings performed by cardiologists, nurses, EMTs, and echocardiogram technicians. Any athlete with abnormal results is referred to a cardiologist for further evaluation and treatment.
To-date, the organization has screened over 700 children in West Texas and offered a screening clinic at the Muleshoe Area Medical Clinic last April.
Yaeger also maintains certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) therapy.

Ginger Yaeger, RN, is the new chief nursing officer at Muleshoe Area Medical Center.

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