(5/20/11) - McLeod Medical Center Dillon is pleased to announce Nursing Assistant of the Year - Lena Evans, CNA, Registered Nurse of the Year - Pam Salmon, RN, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year - Tommie Waters, LPN, and Surgical Technician of the Year - Mary Bohachic, CST. Lynne Livingston, LPN, received the Patient's Choice Award. These honorees were recognized during a special Nurses Day ceremony held on May 13, 2010.
Teresa Sapp, RN, was also recognized at the ceremony as the 2011 recipient of the Palmetto Gold award. The Palmetto Gold Award is a program started by various nursing organizations throughout South Carolina as a platform to recognize nursing, and support nursing education with scholarship funds. Each year, employers from across a wide variety of health care settings have nominated outstanding nurses from their organizations to become one of the 100 nurses to be recognized for this prestigious award.
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Dr. Michael Sutton, McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon. Dr. Sutton is the current Chief of Staff for McLeod Dillon. He shared words of gratitude and his appreciate for the McLeod Dillon nurses that work alongside of him each day.
During the ceremony, Nancy Barnes, RN, Associate Administrator of Patient Services, acknowledged the accomplishments of the award recipients as well as the excellent care provided by the entire nursing staff at McLeod Dillon. "To lead a nursing staff of this caliber has been a privilege. The nurses at McLeod Dillon are not only diligent in their patient care; they are also the patient advocates and the physician liaisons. The skill set of the nurses at McLeod Dillon is unmatched by other facilities," said Barnes.
The work of America's 3.1 million registered nurses to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals was the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually throughout the United States.