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Newport Hospital Names Two to Clinical Leadership Positions


Newport Hospital has appointed two members to its clinical leadership team. Tom McGue, MD, is the hospital’s chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs, and Denise Sullivan, MSN, RNC, is the chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing services.

McGue Thomas MDMcGue joins the hospital following a long career as a naval officer and physician. He previously served as director of clinical services, Naval Health Care New England; deputy commander of Naval Medical Education and Training Command in Bethesda, MD.; commanding officer, Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes; and deputy director/instructor Command Leadership School in Newport.

Among McGue’s many accomplishments was his key role in the creation of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, which was a first-of-its-kind partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. The project integrated all medical care into a single federal health care facility that combined the missions of the two agencies.

McGue received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a resident of Portsmouth, RI.

Sullivan, who holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, is no stranger to Newport Hospital. She first joined the hospital as a staff nurse in 1989 and since then has held a number of key nursing positions, such as assistant clinical manager/case manager of maternal child health; nurse manager of nursing resources/central transportation; and director of maternal child health and Vanderbilt Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. She also has served as the interim vice president of nursing and patient care services for the hospital.

Sullivan Denise RNMost recently, Sullivan was administrative director of nursing clinical services. In her new role, she leads Newport Hospital’s nursing services as the chief nursing officer. She also has responsibility as the Magnet program director. Magnet designation, which the hospital first earned in 2004, demonstrates that Newport Hospital’s nurses are among the best in the country.

In addition to her time at the hospital, Sullivan also has served as an associate professor in the College of Nursing at URI. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.

Sullivan is a resident of Middletown, RI.