During National Nurses Week (May 6–12), Mercy Medical Center announces its 2018 Clinical Excellence Award winners: Belinda Cipriano, Stacy Eberhart, Jillian Krebs, Lisa Pierce, and Laurie Yeagley. National Nurses Week recognizes the important role nurses play in health care. As part of the annual celebration, Mercy honors nurses who have been selected for exceptional clinical skills, teaching abilities, communication skills, teamwork and professionalism. Mercy also congratulates Madison Rogers for receiving the 2018 Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.
“For 16 consecutive years, nurses have ranked as the nation’s most trusted profession, according to an annual Gallup Poll,” said Barbara Yingling, RN, BSN, MAed, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Medical Center. “This week, we want to recognize our 2018 Clinical Excellence Award winners and celebrate the work all our nurses do every day to inspire, innovate and influence the health of our communities,” she adds.
2018 Clinical Excellence Award Winners
Belinda Cipriano, RN
Massillon resident Belinda Cipriano has served as a critical care registered nurse for 20 years. “With her many years of ICU experience, she is an excellent resource,” says Susan Kress, RN, BSN, clinical nurse manager for CVSCU/CCU at Mercy Medical Center. “She is always willing to assist others and is a great communicator with physicians and other members of the health care team.”
Nursing impacts people’s lives on a daily basis, and Cipriano says she feels privileged to be a part of it. “It’s satisfying when I’m able to bond with a patient and their family knowing that I helped them through a very difficult time,” Cipriano said.
Stacy Eberhart, RN, First Assistant
Special Recognition as Mercy’s 2018 Cameo of Caring Recipient
Stacy Eberhart, of Canton, has 17 years of experience as an operating room nurse and is trained as a circulator, scrub tech and surgical assistant. She is certified by the American Board of Surgical Assistants.
“Many surgeons request her to be in their room because of her work ethic and attention to detail,” said Judy Melnyk, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSPDT, Mercy Surgery Center. “Having been trained in all three roles in the operating room carries a huge amount of experience. Stacy stays in constant communication with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, staff and patient,” Melnyk adds.
Eberhart feels privileged and honored to work with a fantastic group of people. “When the OR is called upon to take care of a patient in an emergent situation, the teamwork and effort displayed in that moment is amazing. To sum it up, I love what I do.”
Jillian Krebs, RN
New Philadelphia resident Jillian Krebs’ interest in nursing began during childhood when she turned a tackle box into a homemade first aid kit. “I thought nursing was about cleaning wounds, applying Band-Aids and healing burns and bee stings,” Krebs said. “I wanted to help people.”
Her gentle nature is evident today, as she cares for patients with acute illnesses to terminal diagnoses. She has a strong ability to empathize with patients from all walks of life, according to Mindy Demyan, RN, clinical nursing manager on 9 Main at Mercy Medical Center. “Jillian’s values are not displayed by her words, but rather her works,” Demyan says. “She is very professional, humble, caring and hardworking.”
Lisa Pierce, RN
5B Orthopedic & Extended Recovery Unit
Lisa Pierce, of Canton, is one of those special people with an infectious smile and positive attitude. “She leaves any worries at the entrance and gives 100 percent while providing care to her patients and guidance to staff,” says Jennifer Orin, RN, director of 2 Main and 5B at Mercy Medical Center.
“I became a nurse for a variety of reasons, but the most important reason is simply because I love people,” Lisa says. “There is something about the look on a patient’s face when they feel they matter and someone cares about them.”
Laurie Yeagley, RN
Laurie Yeagley, of Louisville, says she chose nursing as a career because it seemed the best fit with her young family and active lifestyle. But what started as a profession quickly became a calling, enabling her to offer knowledge, skill and compassion to those experiencing a health crisis. “I derive immense satisfaction from fiercely advocating for my patients and their families,” Yeagley says.
She is also a perceptive mentor for both seasoned and new nurses, according to her co-workers. “She has exceptional communication skills, faces challenges with grace and is not easily rattled,” says Laura Miller, RN, MSN, CCRN, director of ICU and Dialysis at Mercy Medical Center. “Laurie leads by example and is an excellent resource for her peers.”
2018 Barbara Donaho Award
Madison Rogers, BSN, RN
Mercy Emergency Department
Mercy Medical Center would also like to congratulate Madison Rogers, a 2018 recipient of the Kent State University College of Nursing’s Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award. Named after Barbara A. Donaho, a long-time friend and supporter of Kent State University and the College of Nursing, this award recognizes preceptors who have made a significant impact on nursing students and future nurse leaders. Rogers was recognized at an awards ceremony on April 11 at Kent State University Student Center Ballroom.Please click here for media inquiries