(5/21/10) - McLeod Medical Center Dillon is pleased to announce Nursing Assistant of the Year - Dorothy Morrison, ANT, Registered Nurse of the Year - Tammy King, RN, and Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year - Teressa Greer, LPN. Mary Adams, RN, received the Patient's Choice Award. These honorees were recognized during a special Nurses Day ceremony held on May 14, 2010.
Linda Sue Adams, RN, MSN, A CNP-BC, Hospitalist Program, Cindy Byrd, RN, BSN, Adult and Pediatric Medical/Surgical Services, and Alexia McKoy, RN, BSN, Adult Medical/Surgical Services, were recognized at the ceremony as the 2010 recipients 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. Walter Blum, The Surgery Center of Dillon. Dr. Blum is the current Chief of Staff for McLeod Dillon. He spoke of the constant care that a nurse compassionately gives to each of her patients, offering both physical and emotional support. Dr. Blum recounted his early experience as a Medical Resident where he developed his strong appreciation for the care given by a nurse. 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."
The work of America's 3.1 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually throughout the United States.