SMC Honors Nurses

May 30, 2010

Each May Springhill Medical Center honors a special group of professionals who are truly the backbone of health care – nurses.  As part of the recognition activities May 3-7 at Springhill, 8 hard-working individuals were nominated as Nurses of the Year, and, from that group one nurse was honored as Nurse of the Year. These employees have been noticed demonstrating aspects of nursing excellence that our patients at SMC have come to expect.  Their skills and attention to customer service help make SMC what it is today.

SMC Nurse of the Year Nominees:
Lori Fowler, RN
Cheryl Hunt, RN
Katrina Hurst, RN
Dawn Laffitte, RN
Donna Lynch, RN
Kay Preston, RN
Keri Tuten, RN
Tina Williams, RN

Tina Williams, RN, a six-year employee who currently works on SMC’s Pre-Admit Unit, was selected as the 2010 Springhill Medical Center Nurse of the Year because of her winning attitude and willingness to do anything she can to assist patients, families, and co-workers.
   “Tina exudes professionalism every day,” said Nursing Supervisor Yulonda Payne, RN, BSN, “from looking the part to acting the part! Tina proves herself daily on her unit as a leader by showing exemplary behavior and exhibiting a true and genuine love for nursing.”
   “I have personally witnessed Tina praying with her patients or for them,” Payne explains. “She displays affection for patients with kind words and with stuffed animals on their departure from her unit.”
   “Tina is a proactive individual,” Payne continues, “always striving to make things better for the unit and the patients. Therefore, when change occurs, she doesn’t complain; she embraces change because she knows that it is for the benefit of the hospital and the patient.”
Springhill Medical Center celebrated Nurses Week with several activities to recognize and honor all of our nurses for the great job they do every single day.
“The contribution our nurses make to the community is immeasurable,” said Springhill Hospital President Mr. Jeff St. Clair.
Nurses bring a warm personal touch to what some patients might perceive as an otherwise sterile medical environment, Mr. St. Clair added.
“They transfer a human element to the patients as well as to their own working environment,” he said. “Nurses are remarkable for their ability to continue to provide compassionate patient care while implementing health care technology updates.”
It is a combination of excellent customer service, outstanding nursing skills and genuine concern for patients and co-workers that make SMC nurses the best in the business!
Since 1975 Springhill Medical Center has grown and expanded its services while maintaining a personalized approach to patient care.  Today, SMC includes the 252-bed hospital featuring state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology, a comprehensive heart center, an orthopaedic surgery center, senior residence, cancer center, sleep center, wound care center, and athletic club.  SMC continues to provide the kind of personal care that is unmatched in quality, convenience and service.