Date: 5/23/2007

"2007 Remarkable Image of Caring Award" and "2007 Nursing Excellence Award" presented at Community Hospital

Donald P. Fesko, Community Hospital administrator, and (far right) Shelly Major, chief nursing officer, pose with (left) Arlene Anderson, certified nursing assistant; and Shari Doherty, registered nurse, who received Extraordinary Care Awards at Community Hospital. Anderson received the "2007 Remarkable Image of Caring Award," and Doherty received the "2007 Nursing Excellence Award," at the culmination of Community Hospital’s celebration of National Nurses Week.

MUNSTER - Arlene Anderson, a certified nursing assistant, received the “2007 Remarkable Image of Caring Award,” and Shari Doherty, a registered nurse, received the “2007 Nursing Excellence Award” at a ceremony culminating Community Hospital’s celebration of National Nurses Week. In addition to presentation of the Extraordinary Care Awards, Nurses Week featured a basket raffle that raised more than $12,000 for the Cancer Resource Centre.

“Throughout Nurses Week, we celebrated the outstanding and compassionate care our healthcare professionals provide,” Community Hospital Administrator Don Fesko said. “Community Hospital is honored to have such an exceptional nursing staff.”

Anderson’s nomination form states, “Arlene is a CNA who has a heart made of gold. She comes to work every day with a smile and truly cares for every patient on her floor. Even the patients’ families love Arlene. They always seem to know her name. Arlene truly is an asset to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.”

Doherty’s nomination form states, “Shari demonstrates the core values of dignity, compassionate care and quality in everything that she does. She does not rest on her skills alone but is constantly striving to be a better nurse. She holds others accountable, infecting them with the desire to give excellent care, raising the bar for others to reach higher levels.”

“I am personally proud of all the dedicated nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, technicians and nurse externs who work at Community Hospital,” said Shelly Major, chief nursing officer. “Our nursing staff provides excellent care and feels very supported and proud to work here.”

In an effort to “give back” during Nurses Week, nursing staff members at Community Hospital created 40 baskets of various themes, which were raffled off raising more than $12,000 in donations to the Cancer Resource Centre. Every nursing unit and department with nurses was given a basket and asked to come up with a theme.

The Cancer Resource Centre, located at 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, in Munster, helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the cancer diagnosis. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge.

Also, in observance of Nurses Week at Community Hospital, a motivational presentation, “Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America’s Nurses Tell Their Stories,” was given by Director of Health Care at JWT Employment Communications in Chicago Irene Stemler, B.S.N., R.N.