Natividad Medical Center announces appointment of Chief Nursing Officer

  • January 13, 2016

SALINAS, CA (January 13, 2016) — Natividad Medical Center (NMC) announced the appointment of Nancy A. Buscher, DNP, RN as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) effective December 28, 2015. Buscher has served as Interim CNO for the past two years.

“We are very fortunate to have Nancy on board in this significant role,” said NMC CEO Dr. Gary Gray. “Her wealth of experience and talent has already made a positive impact at NMC. I am confident that her professionalism and leadership skills will continue to be a great asset to our team. Nancy’s knowledge of clinical practice and quality improvement will help ensure that we remain responsive to our patients’ needs.”

A native of Michigan, Buscher received her doctorate in Nursing Leadership from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She also received a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor society for nursing and the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Buscher is nationally certified in advanced nursing administration by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Prior to Natividad, Buscher served for thirteen years as CNO/Vice President of Patient Care at Three Rivers Health in Three Rivers, Michigan. She was Interim Director of Telemetry and IMCU at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and Interim Director of multiple units at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. Buscher was also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Doctorate of Healthcare Administration at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona for almost five years. Buscher is a past President and District Director of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives.

Background on Natividad Medical Center (NMC)
Owned and operated by Monterey County, NMC is a 172-bed, acute-care hospital providing health care services to county residents for more than 131 years. Based in Salinas, California, NMC offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. NMC provides more than 34,000 patient days of care each year and has more than 52,000 emergency department visits per year. NMC is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. NMC’s Trauma Center is a vital community service locally that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center. NMC is ranked No. 1 in newborn deliveries in Monterey County and is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 300 physicians, NMC’s mission is to continually monitor and improve the health of the people, including the vulnerable, in Monterey County through coordinated, affordable high-quality health care. For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit