Rome Infection Prevention Director named 2020 Nurse of the Year


Registered Nurse Emma Ingalls, director of Infection Prevention at Rome Memorial Hospital, was named 2020 Nurse of the Year, announced Vice-president Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer Samantha Vining.

“In the midst of a pandemic, Emma set the bar for excellence,” Vining said. “She is calm, caring and collaborative. She is an advocate, a leader and a pioneer. She possesses a steadfast will and one of the most compassionate hearts.”

Ingalls joined Rome Memorial Hospital in 2016 as a registered nurse working in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. She was promoted to director of Infection Prevention in March 2019, just a year before COVID-19 became a global public health emergency.

“Emma is fearlessly and flawlessly leading us through a once in a century pandemic,” Vining said. “Like Florence Nightingale, our founder of modern nursing equipped with her lamp and quest for best practice, Emma leads the way with a light that emanates from within. She’s driven by evidence and compassion to assure that excellence is delivered every single time.”

Vining extended her appreciation to the entire team for their continued dedication.

“You continue to adapt to the ever-changing demands of caring for our patients with an unwavering spirit that defies the challenges that you face each day.”

“2020 started with such hope and excitement. It was appropriately dubbed the ‘year of the nurse.’ Truer words have never been spoken,” Vining said. “Each one of you put aside your own fears and fatigue to offer that human connection to our patients who are suffering, isolated and afraid. For that we are deeply grateful.”


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