Date: 5/11/2012

Radiology Nurse is Excellence Award Recipient

St. Catherine Hospital Nursing Excellence award recipient for 2012 is Ana Bran-Guzman (center). Hospital CEO JoAnn Birdzell (right) and Chief Nursing Officer Paula Swenson (left) congratulate Bran-Guzman at a tea held to honor nursing staff.

In describing St. Catherine Hospital’s choice for the 2012 Nursing Excellence Award, co-workers are all in agreement: Ana Bran-Guzman is the picture of nursing excellence. The award was presented at a special Nursing Excellence Tea on May 9 during National Nurses Week.

Bran-Guzman is a department nurse for Radiology and has been a part of the St. Catherine Hospital family for more than 12 years. Her peers nominated her for this prestigious award based upon key characteristics of nursing excellence including areas of Leadership, Dignity, Compassionate Care, Community, Quality and Stewardship — attributes that coincide with the hospital’s mission and values.

According to her many nominations, Bran-Guzman “never gives less than 150%” and “as a routine, does things for her patients that are outside her job duties” like arranging transportation; helping them schedule other procedures; providing her contact information for questions regarding medications, and more.

Director of Imaging/Cardiology Services for St. Catherine Hospital Roberto E. Gonzalez explains that Bran-Guzman serves as a role model to other nurses and consistently goes above and beyond to meet patient expectations.

“Ana is a catalyst for compassionate care throughout all the departments in imaging. She touches the hearts of all who are around her — from the patients to the staff to the physicians. She gives every patient a sense of importance; making them feel as if they are the most important person in the hospital. Her care comes directly from the heart and is as sincere as can be. When Ana is present any situation seems easy no matter how difficult the circumstances. She is one person who does make a difference…not only for our departments, but for the hospital as well,” Gonzalez said.

“Our staff is a source of pride for us, assuring that patients who come to St. Catherine Hospital get the very best in care,” said JoAnn Birdzell, chief executive officer of St. Catherine Hospital. “And we’re especially proud to recognize Ana, who time and time again goes the extra mile and provides a warm and compassionate example for others to follow. She has been an important member of our family for more than 12 years and we appreciate her hard work and dedication.”

A Hobart resident, Bran-Guzman joined the St. Catherine Hospital family right after completing her R.N. associate degree. She attended nursing school with a student whose family worked at the hospital and highly recommended St. Catherine’s for its hospitality and friendliness.

Bran-Guzman started out on 5 West then Same Day Surgery where they accommodated her school schedule in order for her to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Since then, Bran-Guzman has worked in several other care areas of the hospital including Diabetic Center, PACU, GI Lab, and Pre-Admitting. For the past three years she has worked in Radiology. She is also certified as a breast patient navigator, an advocate for recently diagnosed breast cancer patients, by The National Consortium of Breast Centers.

“We have been lucky to have Ana as part of our extended family here at St. Catherine Hospital,” said Paula Swenson, chief nursing officer/patient care services for St. Catherine Hospital. “She’s a great nurse and a very special person.”