Hospital awards clinicians for excellence, commitment to patients

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In recognition of National Nurses’ Week and members of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Services division, Rome Hospital’s Clinical Services Professional Excellence Committee presented the 2019 Excellence Awards to 14 individuals who exemplify excellence and commitment to the health and wellness of the community.

The committee asked nurses and clinicians from departments throughout the hospital to nominate their peers for the prestigious awards. A “Nurse of the Year” was selected for each nursing department. From among this group, a “Nurse of Excellence” was named. In addition, other departments named their clinicians of the year. These dedicated professionals are honored for their caring attitude toward patients, superior clinical skills and critical thinking ability.

“Most of us have been together as the Clinical Services team for a few years now,” explained Vice-president of Clinical Care Services/Interim Chief Nursing Officer Teresa Bell. “We’ll celebrate as a team during Nurses Week because we are joined together to help one another live up to our vision to be ‘exceptional people delivering exceptional care’.”

The National Nurses’ Week theme, “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate,” is reflected in the faces and voices of the caregivers who work hard to provide world class care to patients every day, Bell said. “Each one of these people possesses kindness, caring, compassion and clinical excellence, whether they are working at the bedside, in one of our clinics or behind the scenes in a supporting role.”

The 2019 award winners are:

Danielle Mudge, registered nurse, Maternity, Maternal Child Care Nurse of the Year and Nurse of Excellence;

Amanda Ingham, registered nurse, Emergency Department, Emergency Services Nurse of the Year;

Roxanne Toczydlowski, registered nurse, Continuum of Care, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year;

Megan Palczynski, Progressive Care Unit, Non-Licensed Clinical Services Nurse of the Year;

Vicki Weis, registered nurse, Operating Room, Peri-Operative Services Nurse of the Year;

Rachel Nadeau, registered nurse, Emergency Department, Nightingale Nurse Award;

Kendrea Pawlikowski, registered nurse, Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Behavioral Health Services Nurse of the Year;

Tasha Seymour, registered nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care/Intensive Care Unit Nurse of the Year;

Lisa Frye, registered nurse, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Nurse of the Year;

Russell White, licensed practical nurse, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year;

Ellen Hilts, CNA, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Certified Nurse Assistant of the Year;

Dzenita Kajtaz, registered nurse, Progressive Care Unit, Progressive Care Nursing Services Nurse of the Year;

Amy Samson, registered nurse, Medical Surgical Unit, Medical Surgical/Pediatrics Nursing Services Nurse of the Year; and

Allison Jennings, MSW, Continuum of Care Services Case Manager of the Year.

“Winning one of these awards is a great honor because you are chosen by your peers,” said Registered Nurse Sandra Widieger, chairman of the Clinical Services Professional Excellence Committee. “Choosing the nurse of excellence is an incredibly difficult task because in each case, you are looking at the best of the best from an exceptional nursing staff.”

Celebrated annually from May 6-12, National Nurses’ Week focuses attention on the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting their community’s health care needs. 

Each of the honorees was presented with a personalized keepsake, as well as a certificate of excellence.

“The nursing and clinical services professions offer diverse opportunities across many health care specialties and settings,” Bell said. “The clinical services staff at Rome Memorial Hospital is a dedicated group, continually displaying a unified passion for the profession and a strong commitment to the people of our community.”

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