Rosecrance hires new director of nursing

Allison Pale, Rosecrance Director of Nursing

Rosecrance has hired a new director of nursing with experience in the states and abroad.

Allison Pale, who joined the staff this month, has been a registered nurse for 16 years, with 14 of those years spent as a family nurse practitioner. She comes to Rockford from her most recent role as director of nursing for Planned Parenthood of New York City and also spent time working in San Francisco and Vermont.

Pale earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco. After receiving her master’s degree, she went to Africa for several years to work with Doctors Without Borders.

“Allison comes to us with broad experience in nursing leadership,” said Dr. Thomas Wright, Rosecrance’s chief medical officer. “We look forward to her new ideas and perspective for this important position.”

Rosecrance relies on a medical leadership team of about two dozen people, including psychiatrists, primary care providers and nurses who manage the care for thousands of children, teens, adults and families going through addiction and mental health treatment each year. Pale oversees 54 nurses and other medical personnel who work with clients at Rosecrance’s four main campuses in Rockford, Rosecrance McHenry County, recovery homes and other affiliated sites.

“I’m honored to become a member of the Rosecrance team,” Pale said. “I recognize the enormous contribution that Rosecrance makes to Rockford and its surrounding communities, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to that work. The Rosecrance staff works so hard to make a difference in people’s lives; I am very impressed with the teamwork and the dedication that I have seen at all the facilities. I am excited for this opportunity.”