Mind Springs Health has promoted Jessica Schmalz to director of nursing at West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction.
Schmalz has worked at the hospital since 2016, caring for patients as first a registered nurse and charge nurse and later a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to take on a leadership role at West Springs,” she said.
Schmalz said changes are under way at the hospital to enhance patient care and reduce admission waiting periods. “As we enter fall and young people head back to school, it’s often a time when we see an increase in need for care among adolescents.”
“My No. 1 focus right now is increasing our nursing staff through incentives, such as $20,000 sign on bonus for registered nurses and a strong starting salary of $39 per hour.”
Schmalz started her nursing career at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction after receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Colorado Christian University. She also holds a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in psychiatric mental health from the University of South Alabama.
Mind Springs Health operates the West Springs Hospital and a residential substance abuse treatment facility in the Grand Valley as well as 13 offices for outpatient treatment in a 10-county region of Western Colorado. Mind Springs Health is the largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness in the region.