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Nursing Leadership

Nursing leaders play a critical role in the daily functioning of hospital operations and care delivery by designing, overseeing, and monitoring patient care services while assuring strong practice environments, engagement with nursing staff and driving quality and safety outcomes. Nurses are involved in the daily functioning of Lawrence General at every level of the organization. Every hospital has a chief nurse who is required to be a member of the senior executive team, to attend board meetings, and to report on measures of nursing performance. Nursing directors are responsible for strategic development in their areas, and nurse managers are unit-based and work directly with the nursing staff and interdisciplinary team in specialty areas.

At Lawrence General, we have given special focus on the role and scope of nurse managers so they can be available to patients, families, and staff.

Meet Our Nursing Leaders

Linda Cardoza, RN, Nurse Manager , Emergency Center

Linda began working in the Emergency Center as a staff nurse 28 years ago and has been manager of the department for the last 13 years. Linda is passionate about providing safe, skilled nursing care, advocating and supporting patients, families and staff. She has mentored and grown the Nursing Float Pool and Patient Safety Monitor Program at Lawrence General during her tenure. Linda received her associates degree in nursing from Northern Essex Community College and BSN from Endicott College. 

Kathy Caredeo, RN, BSN, MM, CCCC, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Ambulatory Procedures

Kathy has more than 24 years of experience working in the Cardiac Cath Lab, which was preceded by 10 years in Critical Care. For the past six years, she has served as director of Cardiovascular Services, and became director of Cardiovascular Services and Ambulatory Procedures in 2017. In 2008, Kathy developed a very successful 24/7 angioplasty program for the hospital. She is extremely passionate about quality and patient outcomes, having successfully achieved the following accreditations through the American College of Cardiology: Chest Pain with PCI, Cardiac Catheterization, and Heart Failure. Kathy is a certified cardiovascular patient care coordinator through the American College of Cardiology.

William Ma, RN, EMT-P, Nurse Manager, Emergency Center

Bill started his career as an EMT in 1992, became a Paramedic in 1995, and has been involved in emergency medical services ever since. He is still a paramedic. Bill became a nurse in 2003 and started soon thereafter in the Lawrence General Emergency Center, becoming a nurse manager in 2011. A graduate of Boston College, his passion and interest primarily lies in emergency medicine.


Traci Lavigne-Milnes, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager, Surgical Services

Traci has worked at Lawrence General Hospital since December of 1995 when she started as a nurses’ aide on Stevens 5 while enrolled in the nursing program at Salem State University. She has been a registered nurse since 1997, working on Stevens 5, Russell 4, Cardiac and Intensive Care, and the PACU.

Kim Moriarty, RN, Director, Emergency Services

Kim started her career at Lawrence General in 1987 and has been in emergency nursing since 1989, the last 12 years as a director of the Emergency Center. In this role, Kim oversees the Emergency Center staff, the Level III Trauma Program, and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) partnership with Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Additionally, Kim also manages the hospital operations center, which includes the staffing/bed management team, float pool, and Patient Safety Monitors. She is passionate about emergency nursing and is committed to delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. Kim received a BSN at St. Joseph’s College in Maine and a master’s degree in management at Cambridge College.

Lorna Rajkowski, RN, Nurse Manager, Special Care Nursery, Pediatrics, Hamblet 2 Medical/Surgical

Lorna started her nursing career working in Neonatal Intensive Care units and has more than 30 years of experience. She has been employed at Lawrence General Hospital for the last 11 years, the first five in the Special Care Nursery. Lorna accepted a Maternal Child Health Nurse Management position in 2012 and will be completing her BSN from Endicott College in August 2018. Lorna believes in building a team atmosphere with her staff to promote patient safety and the best outcomes for patients. 

Amanda Souliotis, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, Hamblet 4

Amanda is the nurse manager for Hamblet 4 and has been with Lawrence General since 2006. She is currently working toward completing her MSN in Nursing Leadership at Rivier University. She received her trauma certification in 2017. 

Dave Spofford, RN, Senior Director of Surgical Services, Maternal Child Health, and Outpatient Procedures

Dave is the senior director of Surgical Services, Maternal Child Health, and Outpatient Procedures. He oversaw the design of the Santagati Center for surgery and played an integral role in transitioning to the new surgical space. Dave has been with Lawrence General for more than 15 years. 

Jenny Tardie, MS/MBA, NE-BC, RNC, Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery


Jenny has worked in the varied fields associated with maternal child health for more than 40 years. Since 2015, she has been employed at Lawrence General as manager of Labor and Delivery and Maternity. Her passion is providing safe, high-quality care to all women and infants.

Leanne Wallace, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, Russell 4


Leanne has worked at Lawrence General as nurse manager of Russell 4, a medical-surgical unit, since 2015. She believes in providing safe, high-quality care to patients and their families. Leanne received her BSN from Fitchburg State College. 

Denise K. White, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, DNP, Director Inpatient Services


Denise is the director of Inpatient Services and manager of the Intensive Care Unit at Lawrence General Hospital. Her specialty is critical care, and, over her career, she has led intensive care units to receiving the Beacon Award four times. Denise graduated from Fairfield University with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Spring 2017.

Michele Woonton, RN, MSN, CCRN, Director of Professional Development

Michele has 20 years of experience working as a critical care nurse (ICU, ED, PACU), and has spent the past five years in Professional Development—first as a critical care educator and now as director of Professional Development. She is still proudly certified in critical care. Michele is driven by the empowerment of nursing and the impact nurses have on health care and patient outcomes. She believes knowledge and skill are powerful attributes that give rise to that empowerment and is committed to supporting her fellow nurses profession through education and practice development.
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