Date: 5/20/2009

St. Mary Medical Center Honors Outstanding Nurses

St. Mary Medical Center 2009 Nursing Pillar Awards were presented during National Nurses Week. Pictured left to right are (front row) Therese Dristas, RN; Thelma Mariano, RN; Janice Ryba, Administrator/CEO; Tammie Finn, RN, VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer; Kindra Rodgers, RN; Danielle Geib, RN; Nurse managers pictured are (back row, l-r) Kelly Loudermilk, RN; Shannon Blaney, RN; Beth Navarro, RN; Betty Lane, RN. (Not pictured: Quality award winner, Lynelle Sibich, RN)


HOBART — St. Mary Medical Center honored the contributions of five nurses for outstanding performance recently by awarding the 2009 Nursing Pillar Awards. The awards recognized each nurse’s contribution in five categories — Service, Quality, Finance, Growth and People — that represent the foundation of the hospital’s operational goals and mission of care.

“These nurses were nominated by their peers who recognize the outstanding attributes of their co-workers,” says Tammie Finn, RN, vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Mary Medical Center. “Although five nurses were selected for these awards, they all work as a team and they always maintain the highest standards of professionalism and care. They’re all stars in my opinion.”

The 2009 Nursing Pillar Award winners, with excerpts from their nominations, are:

Therese Dristas, RN, of 3 East
Nursing Pillar Award for Finance
“Therese is described as efficient, completing work in designated timeframe and providing ideas to decrease costs. She provides outstanding patient care with a proactive approach to minimizing complications, maintaining patient safety, and providing a smooth work flow. Additionally
Therese is consistently conscious of costs and the importance of applying them to the appropriate patient/account. Therese is so diligent that her unit is always under budget in supplies.”

Thelma Mariano, RN, of 6 West
Nursing Pillar Award for Growth
“Thelma is supportive of new programs and initiatives. Understanding the importance of patient flow in growing volumes, she sees an increase in census as a positive outcome. She willingly accepts admissions in a timely fashion and communicates discharges as soon as they occur. She is the “queen of admissions” and serves as a role model to others.”

Kindra Rodgers, RN, of IMCU
Nursing Pillar Award for People
“Kindra is dependable, reliable, and a team player who goes out of her way to help others. Others love working with her and describe her as being courteous and professional. She respects her co-workers and gives credit where credit is due and is always quick to highlight their accomplishments.”

Danielle Geib, RN, of 5 West
Nursing Pillar Award for Service
“Danielle performs hourly rounding and bedside shift reports on a consistent basis. Physicians and coworkers are confident in the care she provides and identify her as standing out amongst the staff. She embraces the concepts for operational excellence by consistently utilizing the fundamentals of service and key words at key times. Danielle is someone who is always flexible and supportive of new ways of doing things.”

Lynelle Sibich, RN, of 2 Med/Tele
Nursing Pillar Award for Quality
“Lynelle is seen as the ‘go to’ clinical resource on the unit, consistently carrying out care according to policy and procedure. Staff is grateful to follow after someone who is always organized, concise and timely in her communication and transitioning between shifts.”