Owings resident Diane Couchman was recently promoted to vice president of clinical services at Calvert Memorial Hospital. She has 26 years experience in health care, including materials management, nursing and leadership positions. Since 2006, she has served as director of surgical services at CMH.
“Diane brings a wealth of leadership and operations experience to this position,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “and will be an asset to our leadership team.” He said her successful track record as surgical services director was a primary factor in her selection.
Couchman will continue to manage that department and add oversight of imaging, rehabilitation services, community wellness and education, infusion therapy, cardiopulmonary, laboratory services and the endoscopy center, as well as the blood bank and the dental clinic. According to Xinis, the clinical services division represents about 20 percent of the health system’s operations. ,/p>
In 2011, she won the hospital’s Beacon Award, presented to the manager who exemplifies outstanding leadership skills. Couchman received her MBA from the University of Baltimore and her nursing degree from Howard Community College in Columbia, MD in 1997. She is also a registered nurse first assistant and a certified operating room nurse. Prior to coming to Calvert, she headed up surgical services at Howard County General Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
“This is my community hospital and I care deeply about the care we provide and the staff who work here,” said Couchman. “I love my job as director of surgical services. They are among the most professional, compassionate, dedicated group I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.” She credits the teamwork in her department with the gains made in patient safety, physician satisfaction and efficiency.
“But in order to impact processes and operations on a larger scale,” she said, “I have to step outside the OR. In order to help make CMH better at what we do, I felt I needed to take on more responsibility and more challenge.”
Couchman, a certified personal trainer, enjoys exercising, reading and cooking. She also volunteers with Calvert Hospice where she is a camp nurse at Camp Phoenix. Her husband is a charter boat captain. Although she enjoys fishing, she doesn’t like to fish as much as he does.