UM Shore Re­gional Health cel­e­brates nurs­ing ex­cel­lence

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EAS­TON — Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health’s Nurse Ex­cel­lence Awards Pre­sen­ta­tion and Grad­u­ate Univer­sity and Crit­i­cal Care Univer­sity grad­u­a­tion was held in May at the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. The oc­ca­sion was part of the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of Nurses’ Week.

Lead­ing the event pre­sen­ta­tions, Ruth Ann Jones, UM Shore Re­gional Health’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Pa­tient Care Ser­vices and chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer, noted that this year marked the fifth an­niver­sary of the Nurse Ex­cel­lence Awards and that the 2016 hon­orees were se­lected from a to­tal of 43 nom­i­na­tions, the great­est num­ber sub­mit­ted since the awards were es­tab­lished.

“This awards pro­gram was es­tab­lished by nurses and for nurses as a way to rec­og­nize those who go above and beyond for our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, and for their com­mu­ni­ties,” Jones said. “All nom­i­nees de­serve our ap­pre­ci­a­tion, as do their fam­i­lies and other sup­port­ers who help make it pos­si­ble for them to go the ex­tra mile in the care they pro­vide.”

Ken Kozel, pres­i­dent and CEO, spoke of the key role that Shore Re­gional Health’s 533 nurses play in achiev­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mission, cre­at­ing health­ier com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, and its vi­sion to be the re­gion’s leader in pa­tient cen­tered health care. Kozel also said that while one of the con­stants in to­day’s health care is change, an­other con­stant is that strong lead­er­ship makes the dif­fer­ence in nav­i­gat­ing change.

“This evening we are sur­rounded by nurse lead­ers who be­lieve in ex­cel­lence, and they achieve it by fo­cus­ing on re­la­tion­ship based care, ev­i­dence based care and pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” Kozel said.

Kozel also thanked the 28 grad­u­ates of the CCU and GU pro­grams for se­lect­ing UM Shore Re­gional Health to be­gin their ca­reers and en­cour­aged them to con­tinue their pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment as the next gen­er­a­tion of nurse lead­ers who will help the or­ga­ni­za­tion to con­tinue to thrive in the com­ing decades.

John Dil­lon, chair­man of the Board of UM Shore Re­gional Health, stated, “board mem­bers “are keenly aware of the qual­ity of nurs­ing of­fered in the hos­pi­tals be­cause we so of­ten hear from peo­ple in the com­mu­nity about how won­der­ful our nurses are. Our nurses have played a key role help­ing us be­come one of the best com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals in the na­tion, in my opin­ion.”

The 2016 Shore Re­gional Health Nurse Ex­cel­lence Awards win­ners are:

• Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Care De­liv­ery: Com­mit­ment to Oth­ers — Bev­erly Greaves, clin­i­cal nurse, Emer­gency Depart­ment, UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown

• Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Lead­er­ship — Mary Collins, clin­i­cal nurse co­or­di­na­tor, 2 East, UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton

• Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Men­tor­ship/Ad­vo­cacy — Kim­berly Kral, clin­i­cal nurse co­or­di­na­tor, Emer­gency Depart­ment, UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester

• Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Pro­fes­sional Nurs­ing — Steven Ja­cob­son, clin­i­cal nurse co­or­di­na­tor, Emer­gency Depart­ment, UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown

• Unit/Depart­ment Ex­cel­lence in Clin­i­cal Out­comes — Post Anes­the­sia Care Unit, UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ters at Dorch­ester and Eas­ton.

PHO­TOS BY LEWKOVISION

Ruth Ann Jones, UM SRH se­nior vice pres­i­dent, pa­tient care ser­vices and chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer, left, stands with Eas­ton and Dorch­ester PACU team mem­bers who re­ceived the 2016 Unit Award for Em­pir­i­cal Out­comes Colby Rob­bins, Holly Frase, Les­lie Mans­field, Sara Ris­solo, Brit­tany Gowe, Jamie Ri­ley and Syd­ney Mil­li­gan, PACU man­ager.

In at­ten­dance to re­ceive their cer­tifi­cates were 2016 GU grad­u­ates, from left, Ash­ley Higgs, Shelby Wheat­ley, Su­san Price and Jes­sica Pret­zler.

Ruth Ann Jones, UM SRH se­nior vice pres­i­dent, pa­tient care ser­vices and chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer stands at left with Nurse Ex­cel­lence In­di­vid­ual Award win­ners Steven Ja­cob­son, Kim­berly Kral and Bev­erly Greaves.

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