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May 19, 2011

Scotland Health Care System celebrated Nurses Week May 6 through the 12 in a big way, culminating with the annual Nurses of Distinction Awards program.

Craig Ellis, chairman of the Scotland Health Care System Board of Trustees, welcomed the thirty-two nominated nurses and their guests at the Nurse of Distinction Award Banquet with these comments, "On behalf of the all the board trustees and greater Scotland County I want to thank you for what you do for this community. During the four years I have been on the board I have grown to appreciate the quality of this hospital, in particular all of the nurses. You are on the front line. You are the ones that people see when they are in the hospital and I thank you for all you do."

Dr. Paul Rush, orthopedic surgeon and past chief of staff, attended the awards banquet to show his support of the entire nursing staff. He commented, "You are a special group and are obviously being honored for a special performance. You've distinguished yourself so that someone wanted you to be recognized. We physicians rely on you nurses tremendously and are very fortunate to have the talent we do in this hospital. You are a very important cog in the hospital wheel. Congratulations to all the nominees and those of you selected for the award. However, I think you all are winners."

"We received some wonderful nominations this year and it's incredibly hard to select the winners from these nominees," stated Lane Harrington, Vice President of Patient Care Services. "We are very fortunate and thankful that these nurses choose to work at Scotland Health Care System. We are very proud of all of our nurses and pleased to recognize you tonight."

Nominated by their peers, supervisors and physicians, the following nurses were named 2011 Nurses of Distinction. Included are comments taken from the actual nomination forms.


Erica McGirt, RN, New Graduate: "Erica is a team player and takes care of her patients with the utmost excellent care possible. She is caring and honest in all her actions with staff, patients, doctors and visitors. She is already a great nurse, but with more experience in the upcoming years, she will be even better. She is what we need at SMH in order to provide the excellent care that everyone deserves."

Heather Norton, RN Ambulatory Setting. I am an attending physician at our Wound Healing Center and have had the pleasure of working with Heather since July 2009. She has been an exceptional case manager for our patients, as well as stepping up and taking on additional duties as an interim Clinical Manager at the facility. She has a genuine interest in the health and outcome of each of our patients. Heather has done an outstanding job of coordinating care for obtaining radiographs, lab studies, consultations, home health arrangements and transportation, just to name a few. She has worked excellently not only with the patients, but with their families and engages them in the patient's care with education and instructions."

Lisa Dial-Hunt, RN Support Role: "Lisa epitomizes the role of RN Support. After several years of working as a staff nurse on multiple units Lisa transitioned to the Education Department as a Clinical Educator, a position key to the support of patient care services. She understands the many different facets of the nursing profession and displays admirable characteristics of providing personalized, caring attention in meeting the needs of those she comes in contact with. Lisa is dedicated, focused, and collaborates well with others. Her motto seems to suggest that the success of others is a direct reflection of her own success."

Nancy Stricklin, RN Post Acute: "Nancy is involved with all aspects of her patients' care.
She provides quality care with a smile to each patient. Depending on the patient, she even shares in their grief. Not only is Nancy attentive to her patients' everyday needs, she is also one of the most observant, thoughtful persons I've ever met."

Sammantha Simmons, RN Acute Care: "Sammantha is a very dedicated nurse, a leader, a teacher and a mentor. She promotes teamwork and puts patients first. Sammantha has mentored new graduates and new nurses, guiding them to become self-sufficient, productive nurses. She faces all challenges with confidence, is respected by others, and sets a high standard for all charge nurses. She is a perfect example of a professional nurse."

Cheryl Hine, LPN Post Acute Care: "Cheryl demonstrates compassion and concern for her staff and patients. She is tenacious with her problem solving skills and will do all she can to make sure patient needs are met in a timely manner. She daily demonstrates a high level of clinical competency related to hospice and end-of-life care. She has a zest for knowledge and will readily research medications she is not familiar with to learn about dosage and side effects."

Tammie Slaughter, RN Clinical Support: "Tammie is a true patient advocate and is passionate about quality end-of-life care for everyone. Hospice of Scotland County is fortunate to have someone with Tammie's knowledge, skills and expertise leading the hospice interdisciplinary clinical team. She is a true leader, clinician and lifelong learner. She meets all challenges head on with an intense motivation for excellence."

The 32 Nurse of Distinction Nominees Were:
1 Monica Adams, RN - Third West
2 Janet Applewhite, RN - Third West
3 Lisa Bender, RN - Third West
4 Elizabeth Blue, RN - Sterling Surgical
5 Annie Brown, LPN - Progressive Medical
6 Michelle Brown, RN - Third West
7 Wendy Chavis, RN - Progressive Medical
8 Christy Cummings, RN - Third West
9 Angie Gibson, RN - Emergency Center
10 Cynthia Goodwin, RN - Third West
11 Cheryl Hine, LPN - Hospice
12 Sue Horn, RN - Progressive Medical
13 Pam Hulon, RN - Urgent Care
14 Lisa Dial-Hunt, RN - Education
15 Lori Jenkins, RN - Third West
16 Nanette Lapid, RN - Step Down
17 Debbie Locklear, RN - Urgent Care
18 Pixie Locklear, RN - Emergency Center
19 Mona McClellon, RN - Progressive Medical
20 Katrina McCormick, RN - Third West
21 Erica McGirt, RN - Outpatient Surgery
22 Heather Norton, RN - Wound Healing Center
23 Summer Oxendine, RN - Third Medical
24 Loretta Patrick, RN - Progressive Medical
25 Lesia Pierce, RN - Women's Services
26 David Ratley, RN - Emergency Center
27 Sammantha Simmons, RN - Telemetry
28 Tammie Slaughter, RN - Hospice
29 Nancy Stricklin, RN - Inpatient Rehab
30 Melanie Thompson, RN - Third West
31 Sandy Williams, RN - Education
32 Leslie Yanick, RN - Progressive Medical

Mrs. Harrington also recognized the twelve RNs who reached the level of Clinical Nurse III. This designation is the highest level of clinical performance at the bedside which can be achieved at Scotland Health Care System. Receiving Clinical Nurse III pins were registered nurses Brandy Baysek, Myra Bodenhamer, Betty Branch, Monique Cayton, Becky Crews, Valerie Edge, Shirley Ethridge, Amy Hill, Kelly Kirk, Virginia McCormick, Kelly Parks, and Susan Thompson.

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