Astria Toppenish Hospital welcomes new Chief Nursing Officer.

Astria Health is pleased to announce that Melissa Waggoner, RN, MSN, has accepted the Chief Nursing Officer position at Astria Toppenish Hospital (ATH). Her first day in the role was Monday, July 31, 2023. Ms. Waggoner is committed to promoting the highest nursing standards, assuring Toppenish and its surrounding communities have access to superior and equitable healthcare. Ms. Waggoner began her career 13 years ago in the Astria Toppenish Hospital Emergency Department, and stated, “I feel honored to be rejoining this organization in a leadership role. It feels good to come back to the community in which my nursing career began. I’ve come full circle.”

Ms. Waggoner has served several years in nursing leadership roles, most recently as a Nursing Director at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco where she oversaw multiple departments including Emergency and Respiratory Therapy. She also supervised the Trauma program, as well as nursing and ancillary education. Ms. Waggoner received her Master of Science degree in Nursing Management and Leadership in 2017 from Western Governors University. Astria Health CEO, Brian Gibbons, noted “we are excited to welcome Ms. Waggoner back to Astria Health where her talents in nursing and leadership will be of great service to the communities that we serve.”

Astria Health, headquartered in the heart of the Yakima Valley, is a non-profit healthcare system based in Eastern Washington. Astria Health is the parent organization of Astria Sunnyside Hospital and Astria Toppenish Hospital, along with 23 outpatient clinics offering primary care and specialty services, including but not limited to behavioral health, home health and hospice, neurosurgery, oncology, podiatry, rehabilitation therapy, orthopedics, and sleep medicine. For more information, visit

Posted August 02, 2023

Astria Toppenish Hospital welcomes new Chief Nursing Officer.

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