Most people don’t get to experience an introduction and homecoming at the same time, but that is exactly what happened for Michelle Romano, the new director of Hematology/Oncology.
Romano recently accepted the position overseeing 4 North and the Bob Costas Cancer Center, but she is not new to SSM Cardinal Glennon. Romano first came to SSM Cardinal Glennon as a unit secretary in the Emergency Department, before moving up to patient care provider and staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
For the past 10 years, Romano has worked as a clinical nurse, clinical risk specialist and director of Clinical Operations at Saint Louis University. But the opportunity to come to SSM Cardinal Glennon was too exciting to pass up.
“I missed Cardinal Glennon and feel like I came home,” Romano said. “The organization as a whole is so focused on living the mission every day and helping to provide the best care to families. I wanted to be part of that.”
Romano, who received her BSN from Saint Louis University, is currently enrolled in the MSN Executive program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Her homecoming has been an easy transition, she said, particularly considering the staff she works with every day.
“The nurses and staff on 4 North and the Costas Center are wonderful,” Romano said. “The care they provide to patients is extraordinary and the compassion they show to families is phenomenal. I am very excited to work with them.”
Leann Zerkel, vice president of Nursing, is excited to have Romano on board.
“Michelle is a talented leader with a lot of experience and clinical knowledge,” Zerkel said. “We are grateful she chose to bring her talents back to Cardinal Glennon.”
When she is not at work, Romano enjoys spending time with her three children and being active outdoors.