By Melody Vallieu
January 26, 2014
TROY — Terry Fry brings an array of nursing experiences to her new position as UVMC’s Chief Nursing Officer.
Fry, MA, BSN, RN, COHPM, was named CNO on Jan. 13 after filling the role on an interim basis since November. The appointment was announced by Sylvain Trepanier, Premier Health vice president and system chief nursing officer, and Becky Rice, UVMC president and CEO.
Fry, a Piqua native, has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wright State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from Bluffton University.
She began her nursing career at Piqua Memorial Hospital as a med/surg nurse, working in many areas of the hospital, and worked as the educator of new employees before heading to Springfield. At the Springfield Community Hospital, she worked in critical care and education and development for about six years, before she and her husband returned to the area.
In 1994, Fry was instrumental in the opening of the Occupational Health and After Hours Care program at the Outpatient Care North and South buildings in Piqua and Tipp City.
Feeling a need to expand her horizons and return to inpatient nursing, she became the director of Surgical Services and Critical Care in 2006. In recent months she developed the UVMC Robot Service Line.
It was no accident that Fry ended up with a career in nursing.
“Nursing has been my love since I was in junior high,” she said.
She was a candy striper at Piqua Memorial and her first nursing job was a patient care technician at a nursing home. Her mother worked in a nursing home as a young woman, and “that inspired and instilled the love of nursing in me.” Her parents, Gene and Dottie Wagner, live in Piqua.
Fry said she is excited about her new role.
“I love the community feel we have here at UVMC. I always felt Upper Valley was looking at the future of health care,” she said.
She looks forward to working with the nursing staff.
“It’s really all about the patient experience and putting the patient first as well as looking at our goals and achieving those goals,” she said.
Fry and husband of 36 years, Rick Fry, an administrator at the Covington schools, have three grown children, Derrick, Abigail Silvers and Hillary, three grandchildren and another on the way.
“My favorite thing to do is be a grandma. There is nothing better than being grandparents,” she said.
The Frys are active in the Piqua community with Terry involved in the United Way and Greene Street United Methodist Church.