McLeod Dillon is pleased to announce that Mary Canady, Critical Care Services; Angela Daney, Medical Surgical Services; Reeanna Henderson, Hospitalist and Care Coordination; Spring Lewis, Critical Care Services and Kaycie Lockemy, Surgical Services have been selected to receive the 2015 Palmetto Gold Award. Overall, twelve McLeod Health Registered Nurses were selected. These nurses represent McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Behavioral Health, McLeod Loris Seacoast and McLeod Dillon. They join the ranks of the 134 previous McLeod nurses who have received this outstanding award.
"Our nurses are to be commended for devoting their considerable skills and talents to the selfless service of others," said Marcia Wilds, Associate Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at McLeod Dillon. "Being honored as part of this elite group of South Carolina nurses speaks to their high level of skill. The Palmetto Gold recipients are leaders in the field representing a philosophy of commitment to caring for the individual patient that underlies the profession of nursing and the mission of the McLeod organization."
Mary Canady, RN, of Dillon, SC has four years of experience as a registered nurse (RN). Mary cares for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at McLeod Dillon.
At the hospital, Mary serves as a member of the Hospital Recruitment and Retention Committee, participates in rapid improvement events focusing on Emergency Department patient flow, serves as preceptor for new nurses, and participates in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention programs in the ICU.
Mary has also been recognized by her peers numerous times with "My Caring Comes First" awards for demonstrating the values of McLeod Health. Her patients recognize her with many "WOW" cards complimenting her care.
Outside of her day to day work, Mary fundraises for Dillon Rescue, American Red Cross and Dillon Fire Department.
Mary is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association.
Angela Daney, RN, of Hamer, SC has four years of experience as a registered nurse (RN). Angela cares for medical surgical patients at McLeod Dillon. She is also a Charge Nurse on the Medical Surgical Unit.
At the hospital, Angela’s critical thinking and organization skills allow her to quickly and efficiently resolve issues as they arise. She is a champion for evidence-based, best practices. Additionally, Angela serves as a preceptor for new nurses.
Angela was recognized as Nurse Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Nurse of the Year in 2013 at McLeod Dillon. She is also a recipient of the McLeod Merit Award, the highest peer recognition program at McLeod Health that recognizes employees for consistently exceeding the standards of excellence and quality set by McLeod and demonstrating cheerful and compassionate service to others.
Outside of work, Angela is a member of the Nursing Committee at her church and serves as a Health Outreach Member.
Reeanna Henderson, RN, BSN, CPC, CCM, CPHM, CDIP, of Dillon, SC has four years of experience as a registered nurse (RN). Reeanna is the Director of Hospitalists and Case Management at McLeod Dillon.
At the hospital, Reeanna serves on process improvement teams, participates in interdisciplinary care conference meetings each day, serves as preceptor for BSN students, serves on patient perception improvement committees and other hospital committees related to her work. In addition, Reeanna serves on the Dillon County Healthy Outcomes Plan Steering Committee under the direction of the SC Department of Health and Human Services.
Reeanna is a 2011 graduate of Palmetto Leadership Dillon County. She was selected as the 2010 McLeod Foundation Employee and Volunteer Campaign Employee of the Year, the 2009 recipient of the Betty Jo Barnes Nursing Scholarship and the 2011 recipient of the Nina Annas Lee Scholarship. She also serves as a volunteer at the hospital’s annual health fair and as a member of the speaker’s bureau.
Outside of the office, Reeanna is an active member of her church. She has also traveled to Honduras on a medical mission’s trip.
Reeanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders, American Health Information Management Association, and American Case Management Association.
Spring Lewis, RN, CCRN, of Hamer, SC has four years of experience as a registered nurse (RN). Spring cares for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at McLeod Dillon.
At the hospital, Spring serves as a member of the Hospital Recruitment and Retention Committee, participates in the ICU department’s improvement work, serves on the ICU patient perception improvement committee, and participates in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention programs in the ICU. Spring has also served as a champion for implementation of electronic documentation in the ICU, educated her peers on central line care and dressing change, and championed implementation of sedation and early mobility policies.
Spring was selected as the 2013 Nurse of the Year at McLeod Dillon. She has also received the Clinical Nursing Award at Florence Darlington Technical College.
Spring has been recognized by her peers numerous times with "My Caring Comes First" awards for demonstrating the values of McLeod Health. Her patients recognize her with many "WOW" cards and notes complimenting her care.
When she’s not at work, Spring participates in a variety of community activities, such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Samaritan Purse (Operation Christmas Child).
Spring is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and American Society of Clinical Pathologist.
Kaycie Lockemy, RN, of Little Rock, SC has five years of experience as a registered nurse (RN). Kaycie cares for patients in the Operating Room (OR) at McLeod Dillon.
Kaycie is involved in many levels of patient care and education in her role. She spends time educating patients on their surgical experience, including pre-operative and post-operative care, and is a member of the patient total joint education team. Kaycie serves on the safe surgery team where she has the role of educating her co-workers on national surgical initiatives. She also serves on the patient perception improvement committee.
Kaycie has been recognized by her peers numerous times with "My Caring Comes First" awards for demonstrating the values of McLeod Health. Her patients recognize her with many "WOW" cards complimenting her excellent service.
Away from the hospital, Kaycie is an active member of her church where she is a member of the praise team choir, children’s ministry and women’s ministry. She has been involved in fundraising for the McLeod Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, and American Heart Association.
Kaycie is a member of the Oncology Nurses Society.
About the Palmetto Gold Award
The Palmetto Gold Award is a program that was 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 South Carolina health care settings nominate outstanding nurses from their organizations to be considered as one of the 100 nurses honored with this prestigious award. The nominators are asked to provide evidence of how the nominee demonstrated excellence to the profession by addressing four areas of criteria. Those areas include: promoting and advancing of the profession of nursing; displaying of caring and commitment to patients, families, and colleagues and demonstrating leadership by assisting others to grow and develop.
This is a competitive process and usually several hundred nominations are submitted with only 100 being selected. Each year the competition for the Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition Program is becoming more stringent as the number of nominations increases. To select the 100 RNs, a team of six nurses from across the state participate in a blind review process. The nominees are not referred to by name or place of employment on the nomination sections seen by the judges so they are unaware of who they are or for which institution they work.
The recipients of the 2015 Palmetto Gold Award were recognized at the Palmetto Gold Gala, March 28 in Columbia. To support the future of nursing, the proceeds from the Palmetto Gold Gala, are used to provide a $1,000 scholarship to each of the approved registered nursing programs in S.C. Since the program began in 2002, Palmetto Gold has awarded over $300,000 in nursing scholarships.