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Bayhealth Welcomes New Emergency & Trauma Director


Bayhealth announces the appointment of Sandee Gelven, MSN, RN, CEN, to the position of director of emergency and trauma services. Gelven brings over 15 years of experience in emergency medical care.

“Sandee Gelven will be instrumental in moving our emergency and trauma services to the next level as we continue to focus on excellence in patient care for the community,” said Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Bayhealth senior vice president and chief nurse executive.

Gelven joins Bayhealth from William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT, where she served as clinical director of the emergency department for three years. She supervised a 41-bed emergency department in the hospital as well as a 12-bed freestanding emergency care center.

Before joining William W. Backus Hospital, Gelven served in various roles at Greenwich Hospital, in Greenwich, CT, for 19 years. She worked in the home care department and emergency department, becoming the Emergency Department nurse manager.

“I came to Bayhealth to be part of a team that is committed to excellence in patient care, delivered in an environment that treats each individual holistically,” Gelven said.

Earlier in her career, Gelven was a staff nurse in the critical care and cardiac rehabilitation departments at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, CT.

Gelven earned her BSN degree at the University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, CT, and her MSN at Pace University, in Pleasantville, NY.

During her career, Gelven has been recognized for outstanding nursing practice with awards such as the Nightingale Award and the Helen Meehan Award, both given for excellence in nursing.

Gelven is active in professional associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association.

Please join us in welcoming Sandee Gelven to Bayhealth.

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