Date: 5/18/2012

Nurse/Caregiver receive Top Honors for Excellence

Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko (right) and Chief Nursing Officer Ronda McKay (left) congratulate Ashley Schassburger, Oncology patient care technician (center left) and Stacy Ross, registered nurse for IMCU West (center, right) on their Excellence Awards for 2012. Schassburger is recipient of the “2012 Patient Caregiver Excellence Award,” and Ross has been selected as the “2012 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. Ashley Schassburger, an Oncology patient care technician, is recipient of the “2012 Patient Caregiver Excellence Award,” and Stacy Ross, registered nurse on IMCU West, has received the “2012 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."We’re proud of the efforts of all of our nurses and caregivers who make a difference in the lives of our patients. We thank them for all that they do.”

Schassburger and Ross 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.

Schassburger, a Highland resident, has worked at Community Hospital for two years. According to her nominations, “Ashley is a joy to work with and an excellent team player. She is always willing to assist the nurses with procedures and assume tasks that involve other patients not on her ‘team.’ Ashley never leaves any of her work undone at the end of her shift. When needed, Ashley has volunteered to pick up extra shifts which is difficult to do while going through nursing school at the same time.”

Ross has been working at Community Hospital for more than 5 years. A Portage resident, she said that she knew that nursing would be her career after her father suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack). She saw the nurses and caregivers offering such wonderful, compassionate care that made a difference in his recovery and she wanted to be able to be part of that and pay it forward.

Excerpts from Ross’ Nursing Excellence Award nominations state, “She is an amazing nurse. Every single time she comes to work, she does it with a smile and is willing to help everyone. She is an amazing charge nurse who literally knows all her policies and procedures. She is a great preceptor who molds the minds of many new nurses, guiding them into becoming an excellence nurse who advocates for their patients. She helps everyone wholeheartedly. She always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond not only for her patients, but for her co-workers as well.

“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. “Ashley and Stacy are two wonderful examples of an entire staff that provides compassionate care to our patients, day in and day out.”