Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently recognized National Nurses Week by honoring five of its nurses for their clinical excellence and compassionate care.
The 2009 Nursing Excellence Award winners were Sarah Carper, R.N., Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center; Mindy Miller, R.N., coronary care unit; Jean Sprankle, R.N., PEAT (Patient Education and Testing); Susan Wendling, R.N., Mercy Surgery Center, robotics team; and Regina Ravine, R.N., lactation consultant for maternity services. Winners were selected for their exceptional clinical skills, teaching abilities, communication, teamwork and professionalism.
Mercy also selected Ravine, a Canton resident, as its Cameo of Caring award winner. She will be honored in October during a gala sponsored by the University of Akron College of Nursing. Cameos of Caring, originally created in 1999 by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, recognize "those unsung heroes on the front lines of health care." Akron is the third university nationwide to adopt the Cameos of Caring event.
A 1982 graduate of Massillon Community School of Nursing and nationally certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants, Ravine serves on Mercy Nurse Practice Council and several community networking groups in Stark County. New mothers particularly appreciate her knowledge and the time she devotes to their special needs. She listens, identifies issues and always makes herself available after hours for the family members.
Carper, a graduate of Stark State College of Technology and a North Canton resident, is described as extremely knowledgeable and competent in rehab nursing trends with excellent critical thinking skills that allow her to manage complex issues for her patients. She is also very organized and prioritizes patient care well.
Miller, also a Stark State College of Technology graduate, is portrayed by co-workers as a very caring, compassionate charge nurse, preceptor and mentor with an upbeat attitude and strong problem-solving and communications skills. Always willing to assist others, she enjoys teaching students and new staff members. Miller lives in Uniontown.
A graduate of Mercy School of Nursing and a nurse for more than 30 years, Sprankle is frequently described by peers as a great teacher, preceptor and resource person. They also note that she is a nurse you can turn to with questions or concerns, as she always takes time to listen and provide valuable feedback. Sprankle resides in Canton.
Wendling, who lives in North Canton, is also a Mercy School of Nursing graduate and a Mercy employee for more than three decades. Known for being a patient teacher who is good at learning new skills and demonstrating them to peers, she most recently helped lead Mercy’s robotic surgery team. Co-workers say she is easygoing but firm as she guides others through new processes.
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.