RMC Nurse Earns Certification in Healthcare Quality
The Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Quality Coordinator Donna Moorer, BSN, RN, CPHQ was recently accredited as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). CPHQ accredited care providers are certified by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). The CPHQ is the only certification in the profession of healthcare quality and is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in Washington, D.C. For more, click here.
RMC Nurse Receives Stroke Certification
Sherry Davis, BSN, RN, SCRN, stroke program coordinator at RMC, has earned the stroke certified registered nurse (SCRN)credential through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. For more, click here.
AVP Ehrhardt Appointed to SC Board of Nursing to Represent
Dr. Sonya K. Ehrhardt, RMC assistant vice president, was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, with the confirmation of the appointment by the South Carolina Senate, to serve two terms for the Board of Nursing for South Carolina. Her first term will expire on December 31, 2015 with her reappointment term commencing on December 31, 2015 and expiring on December 31, 2019. For more, click here.
Curry Receives “Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year” Award
Rosalind Curry was honored recently as RMC's “Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year”. This award was initiated by the Shared Governance Quality Council of RMC’s Nursing Department in appreciation of all certified nursing assistants at RMC. For more, click here.
RMC Nurse Published in National Nursing Journal
Micki Schurlknight, DNP, RNC, clinical excellence/supervision/float pool manager at RMC, was recently published in Nursing Economics: The Journal for Health Care Leaders. Her article, “Improving Pneumococcal Immunization Rates Among Hospitalized Adults,” is about how RMC improved immunization rates of the pneumonia vaccine. For more, click here.
Three Nurses Receive Certification as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional
Kay Berry, Terri Rash and Vicky Yandle, all registered nurses in RMC's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, recently received certification as a cardiac rehabilitation professional from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. They are three of only 14 in South Carolina who have received this certification. For more, click here.
Amaker Receives Honors as Trustee of the Year
James Amaker, a native of Calhoun County, was recently recognized as the recipient of the RMC's Trustee of the Year Award. The award pays tribute to outstanding service and devotion to making RMC better every day. For more, click here.
Dr. Chow Receives Board Certification from ABS
Thomas Chow, MD, surgeon for Palmetto Surgical Group, a department of RMC, received board certification in general surgery from the American Board of Surgery. In addition to general surgery, Dr. Chow’s professional interests include laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery, surgical oncology and GI endoscopy. For more, click here.
Extraordinary Nurse Whitney Bazzle Receives DAISY Award
Each quarter RMC awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. DAISY RNs personify remarkable patient experiences and consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. Honorees are selected from nominations from patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and hospital employees. Whitney Bazzle, RN was selected as RMC's newest DAISY RN. She joins RMC's 19 other DAISY RNs since the award program inception at RMC. For more, click here.
Three Nurses Honored with Awards of Excellence 2015
Three RMC nurses were honored with awards for nursing excellence 2015. Kayla Brown, RN, and Kayla Coleman, BSN, RN, were honored as Nurses of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Staff and Specialty Care Areas, respectively. The Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff; honorees are chosen based on clinical skills, devotion and compassion. Alexandra H. Sanders, BSN, RN, CWON, received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, the award is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff. Honorees must demonstrate clinical excellence and concern for patients, family and co-workers; demonstrate leadership; and possess enthusiasm while having a healthy work ethic. For more, click here.
AVP Ferguson Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential
Gary Ferguson, RMC Assistant Vice President and Director of Laboratory Services and the Mabry Center for Cancer Care
, became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Ferguson is privileged to use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. Ferguson joins RMC administrative team members, President & CEO Thomas Dandridge, Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams, and Vice President of Patient and Family Services and Chief Nursing Officer Julia Yawn who have earned the FACHE credential.
Dr. Ross Receives ASDIN Lifetime Achievement Award
John Ross, MD, medical director of RMC's Dialysis Access Institute, recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual American Society of Diagnostic & Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) Scientific Conference held in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Ross is internationally renowned for developing outpatient surgical procedures and techniques which provide access to the bloodstream for patients on dialysis. For more, click here.
Brooks Receives National Distinction as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse Award
Crissy Brooks, RN, BSN, CHFN, Clinical Improvement Coordinator at RMC, recently received Certified Heart Failure Nurse status. There are now 917 CHFNs worldwide, representing all but three US States, including 13 from Canada and two from Bermuda. For more, click here.
Ehrhardt Named S.C. APIC Midlands Director and S.C. APIC Board Member
Sonya K. Ehrhardt, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, Director of Nurse Utilization, Clinical Administration, Infection Prevention, Access Resource Team, Advanced Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Center, Infusion Therapy and Diabetes at RMC, was recently selected to serve as the S.C. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Midlands Director and as an S.C. APIC Board member. For more, click here.
Govan Receives RMC's First “Honey Award”
Pat Govan was honored recently with RMC's first “Honey Award”. This award was developed by the Shared Governance Quality Council, is modeled after the Daisy Award for registered nurses, and will be presented twice a year. The “Honey Award” is presented in memory of Wyomie Honeycutt, a native of Elloree, who was a certified nursing assistant at RMC for 20 years; and who felt strongly about the importance of sensitivity, friendliness and having a positive attitude to help make the patient’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Honeycutt retired in
2001 and passed away in 2008. For more, click here
RMC Wins Safety and Transitional Duty Awards
RMC was one of 10 South Carolina healthcare organizations recognized as winners of a Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) Safety Award, and one of seven winners of a PHT Transitional Duty Award at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference & PHT Awards Luncheon. For more, click here.
Nurse Director Penny Ryant Receives SC Palmetto Gold Award
Pandora "Penny" Ryant, nurse director of the MSSU/PCU/ 3 West/ Dialysis units at RMC, was honored as one of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award recipients. Presented by a coalition of South Carolina nursing organizations, this prestigious award honors the best of the best in nursing. The Palmetto Gold Nurse program recognizes registered nurses in South Carolina who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and a commitment to the nursing profession. This annual award honors 100 nurses (out of approximately 64,000 registered nurses in South Carolina). For more, click here. Ryant joins three other RMC nurses who were previously recognized as Palmetto Gold Award recipients.
Dr. Kendall Honored with Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award
Medical Director of RMC Hospitalist Services Brian Kendall, MD was awarded the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award, which is given to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other hospital employee in South Carolina whose efforts have resulted in changes that promote patient safety and quality improvement at the bedside. As a part of the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) continued effort of working with hospitals and partnering organizations to transform the care that each patient receives and experiences, Dr. Kendall was recognized for improving patient safety during the Seventh Annual South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium. For more, click here.
VP/CNO Julia Yawn Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential
RMC Vice President of Patient and Family Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Julia K. Yawn became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Yawn is privileged to use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. For more, click here
. Yawn joins RMC administrative team members, President & CEO Thomas Dandridge, and Vice President of Strategy and Compliance Brenda Williams who have earned the FACHE credential.