Canton, Ohio: In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), Mercy Medical Center honored five of its clinical staff members with Nursing Excellence Awards, which were presented during Mercy’s annual Clinical Excellence Luncheon on Wednesday.
The hospital’s 2013 winners included Rachel Beard, RN; Kathleen Hinton, RN; Vicki Jessop, RN, BSN, CWS, PSC; Susan Lohmeyer, RN; and Dennis Maio, RN, BSN. Maio was also selected as the 2013 Cameo of Caring recipient and will be honored by The University of Akron in October as Mercy’s representative.
"Nursing is at the very heart of our mission at Mercy,” says Barbara Yingling, RN, BSN, MAed, vice president and chief nursing officer. “This year’s five award recipients again epitomize quality, compassionate care for our patients and serve as role models for other staff members, as well as volunteers and students who aspire to a career in nursing.”
Mercy also congratulated Melanie Busby, RN, 7 Main; Rita Hupp, RN, Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU); Lohmeyer; and Laurie Yeagley, RN, Intensive Care Unit, who were nominated in the Canton Repository’s Salute to Nurses contest.
Rachel Beard, RN, Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center
A graduate of the Aultman College of Nursing and member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Beard has attained Clinical Ladder Level IV and participates on Mercy’s Nurse Practice Council; Safety, Pain, Fall and Rehab Performance Improvement Committees; and Diabetes Focus, Nurse Educator and Products Evaluation Groups.
Beard is described as compassionate, professional, dependable, resourceful and willing to help others.
A co-worker says, “Rachel welcomes patients to our floor with a smile and always provides them with respect and excellent care. She is an advocate for all patients. It’s a pleasure to have her on our team, and you know you can count on her when needed. You can tell she loves nursing.”
Kathleen Hinton, RN, Mercy IV Therapy
Hinton completed her education at the Mercy School of Nursing and is currently attending Ohio University to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Chair of the Mercy IV Therapy Nurse Practice Council and holder of an ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Card, she is an IV instructor for RN/LPN orientation class, IV skills sessions, portacath skills sessions and LPN IV certification class.
In addition to being passionate about her specialty, co-workers say Hinton is a wonderful example of Mercy’s mission and willingly takes extra steps to assist patients. She also keeps team members up-to-date on the latest developments in IV therapy.
One peer says, “I truly appreciate all the hard work and effort that Kathleen gives her patients and other employees. Her good spirit and humor put all those she deals with at ease. Her knowledge in her specialty is extensive. She is a wonderful resource.”
Vicki Jessop, RN, BSN, CWS, PSC, Mercy Homecare
A graduate of Aultman Hospital School of Nursing, Jessop attained her BSN from Ashland University and is currently pursuing her MSN-ANP (master of science and advanced nurse practitioner) degree from the University of Cincinnati. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Mercy Nursing Congress, she is also is a certified clinical wound specialist, CPR instructor and preceptor for student nurses.
Peers say Jessop promotes Mercy’s mission by providing exemplary nursing care and strong patient advocacy, always using her case-management skills to work toward positive patient outcomes. In addition, co-workers describe her as possessing leadership and mentoring skills that are second to none.
“Vicki is very conscientious in everything she does,” says a co-worker. “She communicates well and displays patience with others. She serves as a positive role model for how a nurse should provide care to patients.”
Susan Lohmeyer, RN, Mercy Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Same Day Unit (SDU)
Lohmeyer graduated from Stark State College and has achieved Clinical Ladder Level III. An educator for pediatric advance life support, she is a member of Mercy’s performance improvement committee, as well as Ohio Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Association and Northeast Ohio Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Association.
A person who has a genuine love for the nursing profession and for Mercy, peers have observed patients thanking and hugging her before leaving the department. In addition, anesthesia providers respect her critical-thinking skills; they are confident in her assessment of patients and trust her judgment.
Peers say, “Susan works hard and does a great job in PACU, pre-op and post-op. She is an efficient, thorough team player. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and willing to take on a heavier patient load when needed. Susan is truly a patient advocate and makes me want to be a better nurse.”
Dennis Maio, RN, BSN, Mercy Cardiovascular Special Care Unit
A graduate of The University of Akron, Maio has earned his BSN, holds a critical care nursing certification (CCRN) and has attained Clinical Ladder III. A member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, he serves on Mercy’s nursing informatics committee as a supervisor of the hospital’s computerized provider order management (CPOM) system and Carefusion. He is also a preceptor for nursing students.
According to peers, Maio is known for his quality care, which includes looking at the whole patient, not just individual problems. With a faith-based approach to nursing, he is very approachable and always remains calm during critical situations. Students often request preceptor placement with him, and he is the unit’s “go-to” guy for any questions regarding computer systems.
“I have watched Dennis grow from a young, ‘do-my-job’ nurse to a person who seeks out new experiences and is willing to share his knowledge with students and peers,” says his manager. “I was very proud to see him return to school and obtain his CCRN. He is very deserving of the Clinical Excellence and Cameo of Caring Awards. He has worked hard this past year to further his education and commitment to the unit.”
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, 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. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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