Date: 5/23/2012

Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

St. Mary Medical Center 2012 Nursing Pillar Awards were presented during National Nurses Week. Pictured from left to right: Christi Meachem (People Award); Betty Lane (Finance Award); Patty Higgins (Growth Award); Dave Acosta (Service Award); Janice Ryba, CEO; Pat Troller (Quality Award); Tammie Jones, CNO/Master of Ceremonies and Carolyn Jacobs (Super Star).

St. Mary Medical Center administration and staff have recognized the top performances of caregivers during National Nurses Week May 7 through 11. The 2012 Nursing Pillar Awards highlight nurses who go above and beyond every day for their patients in five categories: Service, Quality, Finance, Growth and People, and a Super Star for all categories combined.

“These nurses depict strength in key areas at St. Mary Medical Center and represent just a few examples of the healthcare professionals who practice the compassionate art of healing here on a daily basis,” says Tammie Jones, R.N., vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Mary Medical Center. “The nominations are a way for nurse peers to recognize the outstanding attributes of their co-workers. We’re proud to have them all as a part of our team.”

St. Mary Medical Center 2012 Nursing Pillar Award winners are:

Nursing Pillar Award for Service — Dave Acosta, R.N.
Dave has worked at St. Mary Medical Center for five and one-half years. According to his nomination, “Dave performs hourly rounding and bedside shift reports on a consistent basis. Physicians and coworkers are confident in the care he provides and identify him as a stand out among staff. He embraces the concepts for operational excellence by consistently utilizing the fundamentals of service and key words at key times. Dave is someone who is always flexible and supportive of new ways of doing things.”

Nursing Pillar Award for Quality — Pat Troller, R.N.
Pat has worked at St. Mary Medical Center for 15 years. She was selected in part, because she is seen as the ‘go to’ clinical resource on the unit, consistently carrying out care according to policy and procedure — always keeping patient safety in mind. Staff is grateful to emulate someone who is always organized, concise and timely in her communication and transition between work shifts.”

Nursing Pillar Award for People —Christi Meachem, R.N.
Christi has worked at St. Mary Medical Center for two years. She was nominated because according to co-workers “she 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.

Nursing Pillar Award for Growth — Patty Higgins, R.N.
Patty has worked at St. Mary Medical Center for five years. Co-workers nominated Patty for the Growth Award because “she 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 works efficiently and serves as a role model to others.

Nursing Pillar Award for Finance — Betty Lane, R.N.
Over the course of her 21 year career with St. Mary Medical Center, Betty Lane has worn a number of hats and has had an impact on patient care and safety at the hospital. She is well-liked and respected by her co-workers. They describe Betty “as efficient, completing work in designated timeframe and providing ideas to decrease costs.” They nominated her because “she provides outstanding patient care with a proactive approach to minimizing complications, maintaining patient safety, and providing a smooth work flow.” Additionally, Betty is consistently conscious of costs and the importance of applying them to the appropriate patient/account.

Super Star Award winner — Carolyn Jacobs, R.N.
The Super Star award at St. Mary Medical Center was established to pay tribute to the nurse who excels in all areas — Service, Quality, People, Growth and Finance in the care she provides on a daily basis. Co-workers agree that Carolyn Jacobs, R.N., an eight year veteran nurse is their Super Star for 2012. According to her nominations, “patients consistently compliment her and identify her as an outstanding staff member. She is dependable, reliable and goes out of her way to help co-workers. Caregivers love to follow in her footsteps. She consistently uses safety measures in caring for patients; provides outstanding patient care.”