Mary McCartney recently was named chief nursing officer at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.
She grew up in Salem, one of six children. Her parents are Pat and Arnie Lipscomb.
McCartney was not one who followed the normal route for a nursing career. She began her education at West Virginia University in physical therapy, but then changed her mind and left there. After working as a merchandiser at Kmart for five years, she became much more interested in health care. The seeds for her vocation, however, started at a much younger age.
Mary McCartney has been named chief nursing officer at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. The Buckhannon resident has a long history of interest in health care, and she has a lot of experience in the nursing field.
"As a child, my family lived next to one of my grandmothers and I would bring her dinner every evening, because she couldn't take care of that," McCartney said. "I would clean and straighten up their home, too. My grandmother eventually succumbed to breast cancer, but being able to help her as a young one was very important to me."
When she was a little older, her other grandmother was hospitalized frequently - and that's when McCartney's interest in health care really caught fire.
"I would be in the hospital room with my grandmother just grilling the nursing staff on why they did this, and why they did that. It got to the point that my grandmother was afraid they would make me leave because of all the questions," she said with a laugh.
McCartney is very passionate about the role that a community hospital, such as SJMH, plays in health care.
"I support rural health care because it is so important to our residents. I don't want them to have to leave the community for their care. That SJMH is a free-standing hospital is very impressive. There is an excellent foundation here," she explained.
She graduated from Liberty High School, in Harrison County. She received her degree from the United Technical Center in Clarksburg, as a licensed practical nurse. McCartney then completed her licensed practical nurse and bachelor of science in nursing studies through Mountain State University, in Beckley. She graduated summa cum laude while working two jobs and caring for her family.
She is presently enrolled in a master of science education program through Western Governors University and plans to have that degree completed this year.
She has wide experience in the nursing field, with a variety of nursing units and types of patients. She has also been involved in education, orientation, curriculum development, addiction treatment, hospice and palliative care.
McCartney lives in Buckhannon with her husband, Steve. The couple has five children - Eric McCartney, Abby McCartney, Austin McCartney, Scott Boggs and Zachary Boggs. Her husband works for Frontier Communications.