Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center honored the 2012 Nursing Clinical Excellence Award winners at a special luncheon this week. Honorees include Sandy Bunker, R.N. Mercy IV Services; Maria Frase, R.N., BSN, CEN, Mercy Emergency Department; Kathleen Furbee, R.N., Mercy Emergency Department; Sheldon Liggett, R.N., BSN, Mercy Cardiovascular Special Care Unit; and Gina Ludwig, R.N., BSN, Mercy Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Award recipients were recognized for their exceptional clinical and communication skills, teaching abilities, professionalism and teamwork. Furbee is also Mercy’s 2012 Cameo of Caring award winner. She will be recognized later this year at a gala sponsored by University of Akron College of Nursing.
Apple Creek resident Sandy Bunker, R.N., works in Mercy’s IV Services. Co-workers say she values the importance of providing both quality and compassionate care. Patients and their family members greatly appreciate her kindness. Also a unit educator, Bunker keeps her co-workers informed about the latest education requirements and makes sure the education book is up-to-date and accurate, helping this area earn 100 percent compliance.
Alliance resident Maria Frase, R.N., BSN, and certified emergency nurse, works in Mercy Emergency Department. She is also a clinical instructor for Stark State College of Nursing. An employee of Mercy Emergency Department for over 15 years, Frase is an excellent clinical nurse and demonstrates outstanding leadership skills in the department. Her kind and compassionate approach to patient care make her a wonderful mentor to new nurses. Frase has served with other healthcare professionals on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Canton resident Kathleen Furbee, R.N., works in Mercy Emergency Department and is a clinical instructor and member of the Perry Township Fire Department. She also completed additional training to become a forensic nurse examiner for Mercy’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Furbee is an advocate for her patients. Because of her vast knowledge of the department, calm presence in difficult situations and attention to detail, Furbee is a valuable resource to her co-workers. Her peers trust her judgment and value her confident leadership. Furbee was named Perry Township’s 2011 Firefighter of the Year.
Akron resident Sheldon Liggett, R.N., BSN, takes great pride in the care he provides his patients. A nurse in Mercy’s Cardiovascular Special Care Unit, Liggett’s patients appreciate his excellent listening and communication skills. They often ask if he’ll be back to care of them the next day. Liggett’s name is frequently noted by patients and family members on the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys. Co-workers appreciate Liggett’s experience, vast knowledge and positive attitude. He is an excellent teacher and often requested by students.
Carrollton resident Gina Ludwig, R.N., BSN, works at Mercy Medical Center in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Ludwig cares for her patients as if they were family members. She demonstrates excellent nursing skills and provides compassionate, patient-centered care. Ludwig is a great communicator and takes the extra time needed to provide education for her patients and their family members. Ludwig orients new nurses in her department. She provides explanations of evidence-based care and provides great feedback and support.
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.