Date: 6/8/2008

“2008 Remarkable Image of Caring Award” and “2008 Nursing Excellence Award” presented at Community Hospital

MUNSTER — Sue Brownewell, a registered nurse, and Cathy Zajac, a certified nursing assistant, were honored by their peers with Extraordinary Care Awards during Nurses Week in May at Community Hospital in Munster.

Brownewell received the 2008 Nursing Excellence Award, while Zajac received the 2008 Remarkable Image of Caring Award.

“All of our nurses take extraordinary pride in their work,” Chief Nursing Officer Shelly Major said. “Sue and Cathy are two wonderful examples of an entire staff that provides compassionate patient care each and every day.”

In addition to the presentation of the awards, Nurses Week fund-raising efforts brought in $24,913, which will benefit the Cancer Resource Centre and Hospice of the Calumet Area. The total dollars raised more than doubles the amount raised a year ago during Nurses Week.

“We have an exceptional nursing staff here at Community Hospital,” said Don Fesko, Community Hospital Administrator. “During Nurses Week, we get a chance to honor them while raising money and awareness for two special causes.”

The Cancer Resource Centre helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the diagnosis. A comfortable setting awaits visitors who wish to review educational materials, gather to meet in a social setting, attend special events or classes, or come together in a professionally-led group for support. The Centre offers patients and their families a non-medical place where they can come to celebrate life, deal with hardships and get their questions answered.

Hospice of the Calumet Area, a not for profit organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for individuals and families facing an end-of-life illness. The Hospice of the Calumet Area’s staff of highly qualified nurses, social workers, clergy, and volunteers work in partnership with the patient, family, and their personal physician to make the final period of life comfortable and peaceful.