WELLSVILLE — Richard Whitney is the new director of acute care nursing at Jones Memorial Hospital.

“With his extensive experience in the administrative and the patient care aspects of nursing, we are fortunate to have Rich join the nursing team at Jones,” said Sandra Watkins, Vice President of patient care services at Jones. “I look forward to working with him.”

As the director of acute care nursing, Rich is responsible for management of the medical-surgical unit, intensive care unit, respiratory therapy department and sleep study lab.

A native of Angelica, Whitney began his nursing career at Jones Memorial in 1988. He relocated to Massachusetts in 1994, where he served in a number of hospitals in both staff nurse and management positions.

When Whitney returned to the local area in 2005, he began working at Olean General Hospital before accepting a position in 2019 at St. James Hospital in Hornell, most recently as nurse manager of ambulatory services.

He is a graduate of Alfred State College, where he earned his RN, and obtained his bachelor of science in nursing at Daemen College in Amherst.

Whitney and his wife, Paula, live in Scio with their dog, Rufus. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his two children and four grandchildren.

“I wanted to come back to Allegany County because this area has always been home and I am very excited to be a part of my community healthcare system,” he said.

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