Mary Bylone serves on the Colchester Board of Education and is a nationally recognized speaker, coach and author. After a successful career in several formal nursing leadership roles, Mary left her position as the regional Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer with Hartford HealthCare to devote more time to her community and continue to work with Leaders Within, LLC where she is the founder and principle consultant. In her role as CNO, Mary engaged staff of all levels in practice innovations and instituted unit-based research and shared governance, providing nurses an opportunity to improve practice and impact patient outcomes in a positive manner. Her style of inclusion and respect for the people at the sharp end of change, enabled her to gather consensus around a staff-driven optimization of the model of care delivery, which not only increased patient satisfaction, but positively impacted staff satisfaction, quality outcomes and saved over $1 million dollars during the roll out. Ask the teams that Mary has led and they will describe her as a “Nurses Nurse,” a title she cherishes tremendously.
Mary has authored many articles, contributed to book publications and produced webinars on various topics involving creating a healthy work environment. She has worked with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, AACN, to promote the standards of a healthy work environment for over ten years and served on the national board of directors for the organization from 2011-2014 as well as other volunteer leadership positions involving local, regional and national focus. She was also active at the state level as a charter member of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition, working to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on The Future of Nursing.
Mary Bylone has worked in many settings including small community hospitals and large, tertiary, academic facilities, with everything in between. She originally entered healthcare after exploring a career as a high school teacher. She sustained a life- threatening motorcycle accident during her senior year in college and was captivated by the people who cared for her. Shortly after her recovery, she returned to school and became a surgical technician, her entry into a life-long healthcare career. Mary’s clinical expertise was in surgical trauma intensive care prior to moving into formal nursing leadership roles. She has experience in quality, patient safety, regulatory compliance, and executive nursing positions. She has a dual degree at the bachelor’s level in Natural History, and Health and Physical Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Mary completed her Master’s of Science in Management at Thomas Edison State College in NJ and has a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management. She is a member both at the national and state level of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association of Nursing Executives, American Nurses Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. She also serves on the board of the Eastern CT Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and she is president of the Coastal Chapter of Business Network International (BNI).
Mary’s community work includes her being a member of the Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Lions Club, Colchester Land Trust, Colchester Historical Society and the Colchester Business Association (CBA). Mary also had a Colchester Business, Aussie Pet Mobile, a mobile pet grooming business, which she retired in 2018.
Since 2006, Mary and her wife have made Colchester their home, having lived and worked in both southern New Jersey and Philadelphia prior to relocating to New England. She is devoted to her four Newfoundland dogs, and two cats. When she is not attending community meetings or doing consulting work, Mary can be found working with her dogs in water rescue and pet therapy or raising a litter of pups.