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Mercy Honors Clinical Excellence Award Winners During Nurses Week 2019

Posted on: May 7, 2019

Mercy Medical Center is proud to celebrate Mercy nurses who are part of America’s 4 million registered nurses who deliver primary and preventive health care to enrich our lives and the world we live in. During National Nurses Week (May 6–12), Mercy announces its 2019 Clinical Excellence Award winners–Jamie Cooper, Emily Falcone, Jerod Haddad, Amy Hunt and Nicole Logan. As part of the annual celebration, Mercy honors nurses who have been selected for exceptional clinical skills, teaching abilities, communication skills, teamwork and professionalism.

“Nurses once again 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 2019 Clinical Excellence Award winners and celebrate the work all our nurses do every day to improve the health of our communities,” she adds.


Jamie Cooper, RN

Charge Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Cameo of Caring Recipient

Strasburg resident Jamie Cooper’s exceptional leadership abilities, communication and problem-solving skills and calm demeanor help keep a busy post anesthesia care unit (PACU) running smoothly. She is respected by peers and physicians for her clinical excellence, bedside manners and innovative ideas on how to better the department for both patients and staff. Cooper is a mentor to other nurses and is keenly aware of the needs of her co-workers and department, which has led to positive changes in perioperative services.

“I became a nurse because I love helping people,” Cooper said. She has cared for critical patients and says knowing that she has made a difference in their lives is one of the most satisfying parts of her job.

Emily Falcone, RN


Each work day, Emily Falcone, of Paris, Ohio, arrives early to review her patients’ charts and prepare for the day. She knows her patients’ labs, history, assessment and needs so that she can provide the best possible care. Her leadership qualities, communication skills and compassionate spirit have endeared her to patients, their families and co-workers. Falcone’s faith is demonstrated in her daily life, and she lives out the mission of Mercy both at the hospital and in the community.

Falcone became a nurse so that she could be there for people during the times when support is needed the most. “Patients may feel vulnerable and insecure during their hospitalization,” she said. “Being able to encourage, advocate and educate my patients during this time is an honor and one of the most satisfying parts of my career,” Falcone adds.

Jerod Haddad, RN

Patient Care Coordinator, CCU, CVSCU

Canton resident Jerod Haddad started his career working in physical therapy and the fitness industry. Soon after, he realized he wanted to assist others with their health through nursing. As team leader on the night shift, Haddad coordinates for both CCU and CVSCU. He has excellent communication skills, is detail-oriented, and is always willing to go the extra mile for his patients.

“My entire life I have enjoyed helping people both physically and mentally,” Haddad said. “I enjoy meeting, getting to know, interacting and educating the patients I come in contact with. They are at a low point physically in their life, and I enjoy anything I can do during this time to help them recover,” he adds.

Amy Hunt, RN

Team Leader, Surgery

Amy Hunt, of Beloit, always knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She began her career at Mercy as a surgical technologist and loved it. “It seemed like a natural next step to go back to school and get my RN degree,” Hunt said. Today, Hunt is a Team Leader and oversees many specialties at the hospital. “I take great pride in making sure that everyone has what they need to be successful in the care of each patient,” she said.

Hunt has worked at Mercy for over 20 years. Her experience and knowledge are invaluable as she provides education to the staff on various topics and orients new employees. Amy makes patient safety a top priority. She starts her day early by checking the rooms to ensure the setup is done properly and ready for the patient, surgeon and staff. 

Nicole Logan, RN

10 Main

Since her junior year of high school, Nicole Logan, of Carrollton, knew she wanted to be a nurse. “I knew I wanted a career where I could make a difference in people’s lives,” Logan said. “What better way than to be a nurse.” Logan is loved by her patients who appreciate her ability to listen, patience, communication skills, and kind demeanor. She is also an inspiration to her co-workers who have witnessed her strength to persevere and determination after the unexpected loss of her husband.

“Nicole consistently demonstrates the mission and values of Mercy Medical Center,” said Tammi Colly, RN, director. “She is kind, respectful and compassionate towards others.” When the workload is heavy and during critical situations, Logan continues to provide the same level of commitment to each patient. “Nicole is able to quickly prioritize nursing interventions while maintaining a sweet and positive attitude,” Tammi said.

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