West Henderson Hospital Names Joyce Malaskovitz as Chief Nursing Officer

Monday, May 6, 2024

Joyce MalaskovitzJoyce Malaskovitz, RN, BSN, MHA, CDCES, has been named the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for West Henderson Hospital. Her first day is May 6, 2024.

“There are so many exciting aspects about opening a new hospital,” said Malaskovitz, who has previously served as the CNO for Desert Springs and Henderson hospitals in Nevada, backed by 43 years’ experience as a registered nurse. “Along with a new building, we’ll have new technology, equipment, furnishings, and fixtures, and the opportunity to build our patient-centered culture even before we open our doors.”

As CNO, Malaskovitz has outlined several overarching goals for West Henderson Hospital. They include:

  1. Community Impact—the ability to bring care closer to the community that we serve, ensuring increased access to medical services for those community members, and looking forward to playing a role in positively impacting people’s lives.
  2. Collaborative Environment—building a team from the ground up, which includes fostering a culture of collaboration, support, mentorship, and professional development where staff can thrive to be their best and provide exceptional care.
  3. Community Engagement—a willingness to engage with the community in meaningful ways such as health education programs, outreach initiatives and community partnerships. This includes promoting wellness and preventative care.

Malaskovitz encourages anyone interested in joining the West Henderson Hospital nursing team to bookmark the Careers page on the hospital’s website (westhendersonhospital.com).

“I’m seeking a diverse range of individuals who can contribute to delivering high-quality patient care while supporting the hospital’s mission, vision and values,” said Malaskovitz. “I am looking for candidates who not only possess excellent clinical skills but also demonstrate additional qualities such as communication skills, empathy, teamwork, adaptability and a commitment to continuous quality improvement, patient safety and ensuring our patients have a great experience.”

Chris Loftus, CEO of West Henderson Hospital, said, “Joyce is one of the strongest, most positive CNOs I have worked with. Together, we helped Desert Springs Hospital earn back to back ‘A’ patient safety grades from the Leapfrog Group and Gold honors for Best Hospital in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with the Las Vegas Review Journal Best of Las Vegas awards.  Joyce also successfully guided us through the COVID-19 pandemic. Her integrity and skills are unrivaled, and her nursing leadership is a vital aspect of our hospital. We have already filled multiple nursing leadership positions because of her reputation.”

“As CNO, this is an opportunity to demonstrate my leadership skills and drive positive change leaving a lasting impact on the healthcare landscape in the community,” said Malaskovitz.  “I’m very excited to see our vision become a reality and take great pride in knowing our efforts will benefit countless patients and families for years to come.”

Malaskovitz will oversee all nursing departments in the hospital and collaborate with others, such as quality, infection prevention and support services.  

Prior to her CNO leadership roles, Malaskovitz served as the Director of Health and Wellness Services for Desert Springs Hospital, encompassing all diabetes-related programs, the stroke program, heart failure program, the bariatric surgery center of excellence and the vascular institute. During her time as the director of the Diabetes Treatment Center, in the mid-2000s, Desert Springs Hospital had the distinction of being the first hospital to receive The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care. It was also the first program in Nevada to earn accreditation for its outpatient diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2021, it earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.