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Published on May 10, 2006

Pam Kitterman Named Nurse of the Year

May 10, 2006

Nurses and support staff were honored during National Nurses Week at KCH. Pictured are (bottom row, from left): Alex Mascote, Laura Duffey, Pam Kitterman, Isabelle Hernandez. Top row: Judy Nelson, Kathleen Orminski, Kathy Moore.

Nurses and support staff
were honored during
National Nurses Week at
KCH. Pictured are (bottom
row, from left): Alex
Mascote, Laura Duffey,
Pam Kitterman, Isabelle
Hernandez. Top row: Judy
Nelson, Kathleen
Orminski, Kathy Moore.

Pam Kitterman, RN, DeKalb County Hospice, has been named Nurse of the Year for KishHealth System.

The award was presented May 9, during a tea at Kishwaukee Community Hospital recognizing Nurse of the Year and other nurses who excel in the areas of clinical excellence, education and leadership. Nursing support staff was also recognized. The awards are presented annually during National Nurses Week.

Kitterman began her nursing career at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in 1983. Ten years later she transitioned into hospice care where she is presently the Patient Care Coordinator. She has helped to develop important policies and procedures and organize annual fundraising efforts. Kitterman is a Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse and a strong patient and family advocate.

Judy Nelson, RN, was recognized for her Clinical Excellence in Nursing. Nelson began her career at KCH in 1982, working her way from a nursing assistant, to licensed practical nurse, and eventually to registered nurse. She conducts postpartum home visits and breastfeeding rounds with patients as a lactation counselor. She works part-time on the OB floor at KCH and teaches Lamaze and breastfeeding classes. She is a certified instructor in Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, and Lamaze.

Kathleen Orminski, RN, was the recipient of the Excellence in Education Nursing award. She has advanced her career at KCH first as a Critical Care Tech, then Unit Clerk, licensed practical nurse and now registered nurse on the Special Care Unit. Orminski is involved in the continuing development of the life-saving campaign, the 100,000 Lives Rapid Response System. She provides ongoing education as a leader and role model for staff.

Laura Duffey, RN, was recognized with the Nursing Leadership Award. Duffey has worked at KCH for nine years. She started as the Senior Coordinator for the Center for Behavioral Health and is currently the Performance Improvement Coordinator. She helped formulate processes within the organization that have lead to patients receiving better and safer care. She is a mentor, coach, and role model, demonstrating excellence as a nurse leader,

Kathy Moore, certified nursing assistant, was recognized for her role as a support person for the medical staff at DeKalb County Hospice. Kathy has worked as a CNA with DeKalb County Hospice for the past seven years, providing loving care to over 600 patients in their homes and nursing homes. In 2004, she passed the difficult exam to become a Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant. Moore helped to create a memorial quilt that hangs in the Hospice office.

Alex Mascote, KCH Interpreter Supervisor, was recognized for her outstanding customer service and her clinical contributions. She first came to KCH in 1999, as part of the Patient Relations Department. Mascote has been instrumental in growing and developing the Interpreter Services offered throughout the KishHealth System. She has represented the organization as part of several community committees and initiatives. She is commended for her caring attitude and her commitment to meeting the needs of the Hispanic community.

Isabelle Hernandez, Housekeeping, also was recognized for her excellent work in a support role. She is responsible cleaning and preparing the rooms on the OB unit at KCH. She always greets the patients with a friendly “hello” and is sure to pass along any request they have to the nurses. Hernandez is efficient and helps to turn around rooms quickly when the unit is very busy.

“All of our nurses and those in support roles work hard everyday as we continue striving for excellence within our organization. We thank each of them for their contributions,” said Debra Bemis, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing.

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