Meadville Medical Center’s vice president of clinical and support services has been nominated and reappointed onto the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Corbett nominated and reappointed MaryAnn Hewston of Conneaut Lake for a second term after receiving her recommendation from Sen. Bob Robbins, whose 50th Senatorial District includes all of Crawford County. The state Senate confirmed her reappointment to serve a second term on Sept. 23, a term which will run through Sept. 23, 2017. Hewston will be sworn in on Dec. 11 in Harrisburg.
MaryAnn Hewston was first appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell in March 2009. Her peers elected her as chairperson of the board in December 2011.
Hewston began her nursing career at Spencer Hospital in 1980 upon graduating magna cum laude from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse and as a charge nurse on a medical/surgical floor and later moved to the Intensive Care Unit.
She moved into management in 1984 as a nursing supervisor and continued her role as senior product line manager at the same time, offering community programs to the seniors of Crawford County. In 1992, Hewston was named director of nursing of the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) and was responsible for opening the first hospital-based skilled nursing facility in Crawford County. Upon opening of TCU in January 1993, she returned to college at Slippery Rock University in the nursing home administrators program and passed state and federal licensure as a nursing home administrator in 1994. She then became TCU administrator and was subsequently asked to manage the Pain Management Center along with TCU.
In 1998, Hewston graduated with highest distinction receiving her master’s degree in health care administration in 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was then promoted to administration at MMC in 2004.
Her current role is to administratively oversee all the nursing and patient care issues for the Transitional Care Unit, The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, the Clinic for Specialty Pain Services, the Inpatient and Outpatient Stepping Stones (Drug and Alcohol) Unit and the Inpatient Mental Health Unit. She also works with the Meadville Psychiatric Associates. In 2008 and in 2009 respectively, pharmacy and laboratory services as well as clinical informatics were added to her administrative responsibilities.
The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at MMC received several awards under her administrative leadership. Hewston was appointed two consecutive terms as a delegate to the American Hospital Association for Rehabilitation and Long Term Care representing Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey regions for health care, from January 2008 to December 2013. She was appointed to the Crawford County Human Services Board by the county commissioners in January 2009. Most recently, in August 2013 Hewston became a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, through the licensure and registration of nursing home administrators, insures that such individuals are suitable and qualified to serve in such positions. The board issues, suspends and revokes registrations and licenses to practice nursing home administration as well as supervises nursing home administrators to insure that they are complying with licensure and registration requirements and investigates complaints made against nursing home administrators.