LOVELAND - Medical Center of the Rockies has named Bonnie Clipper as its new chief nursing officer.

Clipper most recently served as the associate vice president for professional nursing practice and development for Texas-based St. David's Health Care.

Clipper will oversee patient care and nursing operations at MCR, which right now employes more than 580 registered nurses.

"Bonnie's unique set of skills, experience and knowledge will be a tremendous resource to our organization, particularly in anticipation of the challenges and opportunities that health care reform will bring to our health care system," said George Hayes, MCR president and CEO.

Clipper's appointment was effective Feb. 20.