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Tina Loarte-Rodriguez

Employer: Wheeler Health
Title: Vice President of Nursing
Winner Category: Nurse
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Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, vice president of nursing, has 15 years of experience in health care, including perioperative and primary care nursing, infection control and patient safety.

A graduate from Cornell University, UConn and Quinnipiac University, she is an eternal learner with a passion for health equity and high reliability.

Q: Why is she a HealthCare Hero?

With five federally qualified health centers, five congregate care settings, and a therapeutic day school, Wheeler faced disruption from multiple aspects of COVID. In areas as diverse as workplace safety, treatment, COVID testing, remote learning and vaccines, Loarte-Rodriguez’s flexibility, professionalism and compassion were vital in Wheeler’s response across the state.

Loarte-Rodriguez partnered with internal and external experts to meet patient needs in new and innovative ways. She supported learning and a culture of safety for students, patients and clients.

Q: How has COVID-19 changed the way you do your job?

COVID-19 forever changed our world, health care and nursing. The nursing lens, “a viewpoint to seeing things holistically, considering the person, population, or community in the larger context” deeply impacts trust, engagement, empowerment and ultimately, outcomes. I am honored to be a strong voice for innovation, care delivery and health equity.

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