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Tonja Thigpen

Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Tonja Thigpen Tonja Thigpen, DHA, MSN, NEA-BC, CCNS-BC, CCRN-K, L6SGB, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Mary Washington Healthcare.

Tonja first joined Mary Washington Healthcare in 2013, serving in a variety of leadership roles in critical care and emergency services. In 2017 she became the administrative director over MWHC Nursing Operations and Practice. Tonja then served as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Reston Hospital, and Chief Nursing Officer for Methodist Hospital Atascosa in San Antonio, Texas, and CNO of Methodist Hospital Texan before re-joining MWHC in 2023 as CNO.

Tonja holds a Doctorate in Health Care Administration from Virginia University of Lynchburg, a Master of Science in Nursing from Liberty University, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tonja is a 2016 Graduate of the AONL Nurse Director Fellowship Program and a 2023 Graduate of the Nurse Executive Fellowship Program.

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