Date: 5/20/2011

Community Hospital staff honors Top Nurse/Caregiver for Excellence

Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Ronda McKay (right) congratulate Jennifer Powell, OB tech in Labor & Delivery (center left) and Kathy Long, registered nurse (center, right) on their Excellence Awards for 2011. Powell is recipient of the “2011 Patient Caregiver Excellence Award,” and Long has been selected as the “2011 Nursing Excellence Award” recipient at the culmination of the hospital’s observance of National Nurses Week.

Community Hospital’s celebration of National Nurses Week culminated with a ceremony to recognize one outstanding nurse and one patient caregiver, as voted by their co-workers. Jennifer Powell, a Labor & Delivery patient care technician, is recipient of the “2011 Patient Caregiver Excellence Award,” and Kathy Long, registered nurse in Oncology, has received the “2011 Nursing Excellence Award.”

“During Nurses Week, we celebrate the compassion and dedication of the exceptional nursing staff here at Community Hospital,” said Don Fesko, Community Hospital CEO."Our nurses and caregivers are at the heart of our patients’ hospital stay - to hold a hand; to listen; to smile and make a difference. We take this opportunity to honor them for all that they do.”

Powell and Long were nominated by their peers at the hospital for going above and beyond in their respective patient care areas.

To meet the criteria for the Patient Caregiver Excellence award, the staff member must demonstrate excellence in the areas of Dignity, Compassionate Care, Community, Quality and Stewardship. These standards and values set the foundation for the hospital’s mission to bring quality care to everyone in need.

Her nomination states, “Jenn is very caring to all. When women are in pain and need support; Jenn is there. She is very calming to the soon-to-be-father and lets him know how they can help to comfort their loved one. Jenn is very respectful to not only the patients having babies, but also the tiny babies who were not quite ready to be born, offering comfort, support. She is hands-on when assisting new moms. She is an exemplary member of our busy healthcare team and her example is to be imitated and valued.”

Excerpts from Long’s Nursing Excellence Award nominations include, “Kathy has been working at Community Hospital for more than 20 years. She is extremely experienced and knowledgeable — always encouraging others to be their best. She is always willing to help co-workers. She treats her patients with compassionate care, with dignity. We are lucky to have her on our floor. She deserves acknowledgement for being a great nurse.”

“I am proud of all the dedicated nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians and nurse externs who work at Community Hospital,” said Chief Nursing Officer Ronda McKay, R.N., MSN, CNS. “Jennifer and Kathy are two wonderful examples of an entire staff that provides compassionate care to our patients, day in and day out.”