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Mariners Hospital:
A Message From The CNO

Cheryl Cottrell, RN

Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President of Nursing Services

Welcome from Mariners Hospital. We’re the sole provider of emergency and acute care to the Upper Florida Keys community. In addition to caring for our neighbors and families, we also take care of the many tourists who visit here.

Our nurses play an integral role in providing high-quality, innovative, evidence-based care within an environment of integrity and respect to patients, coworkers, physicians and vendors. Mariners Hospital’s commitment to — and consistent delivery of — quality patient care is visible in patient satisfaction scores that are in the top 90th percentile and HCAPS scores that are in the top 80th percentile nationally. In addition, more than 90 percent of our Core Measures have been in the top 90th percentile for more than three years.

Since we are a small hospital, the nurses, physicians and the clinical and support departments have many opportunities to work closely together. Collaboration within all departments is encouraged. Most recently, collaboration among numerous departments resulted in the successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative.


This initiative reduced the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy in patients scheduled to receive CT scans with contrast medium. Our procedure was recognized by the National Patient Safety Foundation as an extraordinary example of best practice in the field of patient safety. The Foundation presented Mariners Hospital with its 2009 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award.


It is an exciting time for nurses to be here as we go forward on our journey to Magnet recognition. We engage employees in decision-making processes to influence positive changes in the work environment through our shared governance structure. We are proud of our quality and patient safety accomplishments and would be glad to share more information with you.


Specialty Areas

  • Emergency
  • Multispecialty Acute Care (Medical/Surgical Nursing)
  • Intensive Care
  • Surgical Services - encompasses Ambulatory Care, PACU, and Surgery
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Wound Care
  • Diabetes Care Center
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“Baptist Health hired me right out of nursing school and I’ve never wanted to work anywhere else. I like that we have a great clinical ladder and professional advancement is highly encouraged.”

~ Donna Bedo
   RN, Ambulatory Care &
   Hyperbaric Nursing

“Baptist Health is a great employer. I like having a variety of career choices and the ability to explore opportunities throughout the organization.”

~ Steve Kerrick
   RN, Emergency Department
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