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Published on June 06, 2011

KishHealth System Honors 2011 Nurses of the Year

June 6, 2011 

Nurses from Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Valley West Community Hospital were honored for their exemplary achievements at the recent ninth annual KishHealth System Employee Recognition Banquet. The presenter of the awards, Pamela Duffy, VP, KishHealth Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, said, “Nurses of the year don’t do just what is expected. They step up. They take the initiative for their patients and their coworkers.” 

Pam Baker, RNThe KishHealth System Nurse of the Year is Pam Baker, RN, from the ICU at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Duffy said, “Our winner has a mission: to provide compassionate, quality care to her patients and their family members. From the nominations, it is clear that she is living her mission. We are fortunate to have such a clinically skilled, professional and compassionate nurse working at Kish.” 

Duffy continued, “Pam Baker is patient focused, advocating on numerous occasions for her patients as she communicates with physicians and family to obtain what is necessary to promote appropriate treatment and progression of care. She is an excellent role model and she uses her skills and expert knowledge base to coach, mentor, guide and look for educational opportunities to share with new employees, students, and coworkers. She has earned the respect of co-workers, physicians, volunteers, and other disciplines. She projects a positive and professional attitude and energy.”

Terri Bogden, RNValley West Community Hospital Nurse of the Year is Terri Bogden, OB RN, from Valley West’s Maternity Suites Department. The award was presented by Cheryl Fisher, Assistant VP, Patient Care Services who said, “This year’s award recipient provides patient centered, evidence based and clinically excellent care. She is frequently recognized by patients as an excellent RN on our patient satisfaction surveys and as having a can-do attitude by her peers. As a childbirth educator, lactation consultant and preceptor, she is a well-respected mentor.” 

The Valley West Community Hospital Nurse of the Year is awarded in memory of Pam Lewis, who joined Valley West in 2001 as a staff nurse and quickly became the manager of Medical/Surgical and ICU. She cared deeply for her staff and the nursing profession as a whole. It was always Pam’s wish to have a special fund set up to encourage nurses to grow academically and professionally. When she lost her battle with cancer, the Lewis Family and Valley West established an award in her memory to honor the Valley West Nurse of the Year.

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