Mission and Values

A message from Chief Nursing Officer, Terris Kennedy:

"In a world where technology continues to change the way we work, Riverside nurses faithfully follow one guiding principle: The patient always comes first. Which is why Riverside is committed to recruiting highly skilled nurses who are passionate about quality patient care in a safe, nurturing environment.

Nurses are important members of the entire Riverside healthcare team, ensuring accountability, embracing innovation and maintaining communication. They are an integral member of a team that believes in evidence-based clinical care, collaboration and continuing education. Just as importantly, we support your goals to be the best nurse you can be, and offer professional growth and development opportunities for all levels of nursing.

Our nurses participate in a shared governance system, and are encouraged to develop mentoring relationships and pursue leadership positions and specialty certifications that help fulfill their career goals. Nurses are patient care integrators, providing a seamless transition through a complex system that is compassionate, thanks to their dedication and pursuit of professionalism.

We think your calling to be the best nurse you can be will flourish in our 'trusted care and patient first' environment."

Meet Terris Kennedy
Terris Kennedy, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President for Riverside, holds a Ph.D. in nursing and health policy from George Mason University, a master of science in nursing administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor of science in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University.

Terris Kennedy

"Nurses are essential to how we provide health care ..."

- Terris Kennedy, Chief Nursing Officer, RHS

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Most recently, she was chief nursing officer for Shore Memorial Hospital on the Eastern Shore. Terris has held roles as associate dean for academic affairs at Duke University School of Nursing, and worked with the Department of Health and Human Services and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She also enjoyed an Army career, rising to assistant chief, Army Nurse Corps, where she oversaw a network of seven medical centers and 25 acute-care hospitals and clinics located on four continents.

About Riverside
The original charter for Riverside goes back to December 15, 1915. Riverside started as one hospital, founded by the community and built on a site at Huntington Avenue and 50th Street, Newport News. The hospital was relocated to its current site in 1962, and evolved into a flagship regional medical center with area affiliates in all aspects of health care.

Our mission...
Care for others as we would care for those we love... to improve health and enhance well being.

We want to be ...
Recognized as the most trusted provider of health and lifelong care services in the region.

We believe in and stand for ...
  • Teamwork & respect among employees.
  • Physician leadership.
  • Quality care and service.
  • Financial stability and healthy growth.
  • Community involvement and leadership.
We always consider ...
  • What's right for the patient or customer.
  • What's right for Riverside.
  • What's right for the health care team.
  • What's right for me.


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