Steve Rose Businessperson of the Year

The Board of Directors, along with the Business and Economic Development Committee of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has named Steve Rose, RN, MN as Business Person of the Year for 2013.

The success of any business depends upon its representation in the communities it serves, and that reputation is nearly always the result of a strong company leader or leaders. Each year since 1995, the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has selected a "Business Person of the Year" that best meets the stringent criteria set out by the Business and Economic Development Committee currently under the leadership of committee chair, Rob Harman. The person or persons must have a substantiated record as an established business. The company has to have demonstrated growth through the years, have been innovative in its approach, and took pride in serving its customers. The business must contribute to the advancement of the community as a good place to live, work and play.

In the Summer of 2008 a breath of fresh air swept through Nanticoke Memorial Hospital when a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard came to town. By November of that year, Steve Rose had assumed the President/CEO position at Nanticoke Health Services and Nanticoke Physician Network. The rest, as they say, is history.

While restoring the community's faith and trust in Nanticoke, Mr. Rose and his board of governance, medical staff and employees reminded everyone that hospitals are about service that is measured by patient satisfaction. Employees agree that Nanticoke is their "employer of choice" and exhibit that choice through a strong work ethic and teamwork.

Mr. Rose earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing at Pennsylvania State University.

His active duty assignment was at West Point Military Academy in New York. Rose earned a post-master's certificate in healthcare administration from Villanova University.

Steve is chair of the Delaware Hospital Association Board of Directors, sits on the AHA Regional Policy Board 3, chairs the Southern Delaware Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Association Board, was appointed by the Governor to the Hispanic Commission, and is the first Delawarean to be named to the national Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association. He is also a member of Nanticoke Rotary in Seaford.

Nanticoke is an award-winning hospital and has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. In 2010, Nanticoke went through a strategic planning process that outlined long-term goals and identified appropriate approaches to achieve those goals.

The hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission; it has an excellent cardiology program; is designated a Level III Trauma Center; has a comprehensive cancer care center that provides treatment and access to clinical trials; is ranked in the top five percent nationally for emergency medicine in 2012; and is ranked in the top five percent nationals and number one in Delaware for critical care in 2012.

Steve is a native of Pennsylvania, where his grandfather was a safety engineer, in charge of a first aid station. His father owned a roofing and sheet metal business and was a volunteer ambulance attendant.

Between Steve and his wife Rosie, they have seven children and 14 grandchildren.

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