Date: 6/25/2014

Staff celebrates top nurse/caregiver

Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Ronda McKay (right) congratulate Marissa Hernandez, patient care technician in Mom/Baby and Daniella Webb, registered nurse on IMCU West (center, right) on their excellence awards for 2014. Webb and Hernandez have been selected for the “2014 Excellence Awards” at the culmination of the hospital’s observance of Nurses Week.

Community Hospital’s celebration of Nurses Week culminated with a ceremony to recognize the most outstanding nurse and top patient caregiver, as voted by their co-workers. Marissa Hernandez, a patient care technician with the Mother/Baby unit, is recipient of the “2014 Patient Caregiver Excellence Award,” and Daniella Webb, registered nurse on Intermediate Care Unit-West has received the “2014 Nursing Excellence Award.”

“Our nurses place the care of our patients first and foremost before anything else we do,” said CEO Don Fesko. “We are proud to have such a dedicated group of outstanding nurses and caregivers on our team making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

Hernandez and Webb 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.

Hernandez, a Hammond resident, has worked at Community Hospital for nine years and says she loves to take of others and it shows.

According to her nominations, “She became a Notary Public to assist new moms with obtaining birth certificate information since the department took over the vital statistic division and she knew she would be able to help in that position. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate and volunteers to check on abused and neglected children. She remains positive, never complains and always offers to help others.”

A Munster resident, Webb has been working at Community Hospital for more than 4 years. Excerpts from Webb’s Nursing Excellence Award nominations state, “She treats all patients like they are her family members, whether it’s hot blankets or coffee, tea or juice; she’s always there with a smile and encouraging word. One time she took a terminally ill patient in a wheelchair outside the front lobby so he could feel the breeze on his face. Another time she was at lunch and saw an elderly man struggle with his lunch tray. She dropped her food and was the first at his side to help.”

“I am proud of all the nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians and nurse externs who are committed to excellence at Community Hospital,” said Chief Nursing Officer Ronda McKay, DNP, RN, CNS. “Marissa and Daniella are two wonderful examples of an entire staff that provides compassionate care to our patients, day in and day out.”