WellStar North Fulton Hospital names chief of staff

Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen brings years of experience

Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen was recently named chief of staff at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

Months after WellStar Hospital acquired North Fulton Hospital, it has named Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen its new chief of staff.

Her responsibilities will be to oversee the entire medical staff at the hospital including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others. She also chairs the Medical Executive Committee for the hospital and is part of the Executive Leadership Team.

“Dr. Dunson-Allen has dedicated her career to her patients and will have a great impact on the quality of patient care for the North Fulton community,” said Lindsey Petrini, interim president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses, leaders and team members agree she’s an asset and look forward to benefiting from her passion for patient care.”

Dunson-Allen had been on staff at North Fulton Hospital since 2001, and will continue at WellStar North Fulton.

“I execute projects and programs and the day-to-day functioning related to physicians and healthcare providers,” she said. “(The acquisition is) exciting. The WellStar corporation is a very good corporate entity. They have a great plan for North Fulton Hospital, now WellStar North Fulton Hospital, to continue to grow in the community and provide outstanding services across the board.”

The hospital is one of the few in the state fully accredited for trauma, she said. Additionally, it is an accredited stroke center, offers inpatient rehab services, has an intensive care unit, cardiology services, has a “5-star” women’s health division and the lowest cesarean rate in the state of Georgia.

“We have in-house midwifery care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so women have an opportunity to labor a little longer and usually because of that have a successful vaginal delivery,” Dunson-Allen said. “We are really proud of that.”

The hospital also strives to help its team members in personal development.

“This is significant to help them identify talent, reward it and support people in the organization who are trying to move forward in their educational and professional growth,” Dunson-Allen said. “This will help retain them as employees and they won’t have to hire new people all the time and train them.

It’s nice to have your own timeline and develop your own internal group of staff members.”

While the hospital has a lot of programs, it has always been community-based, she said.

“We’ve always been focused on providing service lines that are necessary for taking care of people in a community,” Dunson-Allen said. “We are focused on quality and safety. That focus is good and is the direction hospitals need to go in the future to continue being successful and continue to provide the quality of care we want patients to have.”

In addition to this new role, Dunson-Allen will continue to run her private practice, Providence Women’s Healthcare practicing OBGYN and midwifery, which has three locations in Alpharetta/Roswell, Dunwoody and Johns Creek. ■


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