Canton, Ohio: In recognition of National Nurses Week – held each year from May 6-12 – Mercy Medical Center awarded Sue Passmore, RN, its inaugural Distinguished Nurse Leader Award, which recognizes a Mercy nurse who consistently demonstrates exceptional skills, visionary leadership, and compassionate care for patients, families and staff.
Passmore, a resident of Uniontown, Ohio, is the hospital’s nursing director of post-anesthesia care and same-day surgery units, as well as pre-admission education and testing.
In 1968, she began her nursing career at Mercy as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in medical/surgical care areas and later in the intensive care unit (ICU). After earning her bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Akron in 1976, Passmore was appointed assistant head nurse of the ICU in 1981 and surgery recovery room head nurse in 1983. For the past 32 years, she has held a wide range of nursing leadership positions within Mercy Surgery Center.
Passmore’s departments have consistently high patient satisfaction scores, and she is described by physicians and nursing staff members as highly skilled and knowledgeable; approachable; caring and compassionate about her staff, patients and families; self-motivated; strong and effective in communication; and having a sense of humor.
“Sue is always willing and ready to be part of any solution,” says Barbara Yingling, vice president and chief nursing officer. “She does everything with a smile and encourages staff and peers to accept changes with a smile, also. She sets and expects high standards for her team. I can say with great confidence that Sue has dedicated the majority of her life to a great nursing career and is one of the most distinguished leaders that I have been honored to work beside.”
This year Passmore also won the Canton Repository’s annual Salute to Nurses contest. She plans to retire at the end of 2015.
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