Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years after nursing school, he became assistant manager for the Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Medical Center. “I knew then that I wanted to be a healthcare leader.” he said.
As CNO he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating nursing departments and their daily operations in the northeast region of Geisinger.
I am fortunate to have had great mentors, coaches and teachers along the way,” he said. Two stand out: The late Berwick Bulldogs football coach George Curry taught him about leadership, teamwork and instilled a drive to achieve the seemingly unachievable; Susan Robel, executive vice president, chief nursing officer and chief patient experience officer for Geisinger “taught me the value of genuinely connecting with the people around me.” he said.
He attributes the majority of his success to his parents and family. “I had a great upbringing with a balanced foundation of perseverance along with kindness, nurturing and genuine love. My wife and children are so supportive of the long hours and unselfishly support me to reach my goals, even when it meant weekends away to study for my doctorate,” he added.
Venditti is grateful to his nursing leadership teams because without them, the great care they deliver is not possible. In addition he would like to acknowledge his colleagues at GCMC in the Northeast including Lisa Golden, Dr. Anthony Aquilina and Ed Chabalowski. “When I was new to my role as CNO, in Scranton, I couldn’t have asked for better people surrounding me,” he said.
His wife, Denise, he said, is truly his best friend. “I couldn’t ask for more support or love than she provides,” he said. She is also a part of the Geisinger Health System family and serves as vice president, patient experience.
The best part of his day is when a new challenge comes his way. “I thrive in that type of environment, and I see every challenge as an opportunity to help someone…that is, after all, why I got into health care,” he said.
Venditti is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE) and certified as a Fellow; was the recipient of the Ann Denardo McGown Doctorate Nursing Practice Leadership Award; a member of the local ambulance service and serves as the president of the board of directors.