Gifford promotes three to nursing house supervisors


CONTACT: Scott Fleishman, Gifford Health Care, [email protected]

RANDOLPH, Vt., April 18, 2022— Gifford Vice President of Nursing, Jill Markowski has announced three of Gifford’s registered nurses, will be taking on new roles as Nursing House Supervisors.

Marie Abare MSN, RN, Kathleen Paglia MSN, RN and Uli Strassberger BSN, RN will provide on-site leadership and support for all staff working from 7 pm to 7 am and will serve as an extension of nursing education and leadership. According to Markowski, new nurses often start on the overnight shift when staffing and resources are limited.

“Marie, Kathy and Uli have extensive knowledge, skills and experience,” Markowski said. “They will ensure successful onboarding of new nurses, provide continuing education for all staff and serve as a clinical expert for all. I am so pleased to have them on the Nurse Leadership Team.”

Abare graduated with her BSN from Norwich University and has worked as a per diem nurse in the Gifford Emergency Department since 2019. She is a 20-year EMT with the Williamstown Ambulance Service. Strassbeger also graduated with her BSN from Norwich and has emergency medical experience working as an EMT and Certified Medial Technician with the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service. Paglia has been a nurse since 1992 and served as a charge nurse in Gifford’s inpatient unit, Howell Pavillion, before moving to the Emergency Department. She also works as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at Norwich.

Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; an adult day program; 49-unit independent living facility, and nursing home. Its mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.


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