• In recognition of National Nurses’ Week and members of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Services division, Rome Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Services Professional Excellence Committee presented the 2017 Excellence Awards to 14 individuals who exemplify excellence and commitment to the health and wellness of our community.

    The committee asked nurses and clinicians from departments throughout the hospital to nominate their peers for these prestigious awards. A “Nurse of the Year” was selected for each nursing department. From among this group, a “Nurse of Excellence” was named. In addition, other departments named their clinicians of the year. These dedicated professionals are honored for their caring attitude toward patients, superior clinical skills, and critical thinking ability.

    “Most of us have been together as the Clinical Services team for a few years now,” explained Vice President of Clinical Services Durinda Durr, MS, RN, “and as such, we agreed to celebrate as a team during Nurses Week because we are joined together to help one another live up to our vision to be ‘exceptional people delivering exceptional care’.”

    “The National Nurses’ Week theme, ‘Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit’ has application across all professions in our hospital,” Durr added.

    The 2017 award winners are:

    • Jamie Marcinkowski, RN, 2 North, Critical Care Services Nurse of the Year and Nurse of Excellence;
    • Shannon Roberts, RN, BSN, Nursing Office, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year;
    • Amy Samson, RN, 2 East, Medical Surgical Nurse of the Year;
    • Leah Davis, RN, Maternity Department, Nightingale Nurse Award;
    • Mary Reader, RN, Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Behavioral Health Services Nurse of the Year;
    • Michael Babula, RN, BSN, Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit Nurse of the Year;
    • Lisa Frye, RN, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Nurse of the Year;
    • Tammy French, LPN, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year;
    • Angela Larkins, RRT, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Services Clinician of the Year;
    • Dawn Ayers, R.Ph, Pharmacy, Pharmacist of the Year;
    • Sara Myers, RN, BSN, Emergency Department, Emergency Services Nurse of the Year;
    • Shirley Smith, RN, Pre-Operative coordinator, Peri-Operative Services Nurse of the Year;
    • Danielle Mudge, RN, BSN, Maternity, Maternal Child Care Nurse of the Year;
    • Margaret Scheiderich, Social Services, Social Worker of the Year.

    “Winning one of these awards is a great honor because you are chosen by your peers,” said Sandra Mahoney, RN, BSN, chairman of the Clinical Services Professional Excellence Committee. “Choosing the nurse of excellence is an incredibly difficult task because in each case, you are looking at the best of the best from an exceptional nursing staff.”

    Celebrated annually from May 6-12, National Nurses’ Week focuses attention on the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting their community’s health care needs.

    Each of the honorees was presented with a personalized keepsake, as well as a certificate of excellence.
    “The nursing and clinical services professions offer diverse opportunities across many healthcare specialties and settings,” Durr added. “The clinical services staff at Rome Memorial Hospital is a dedicated group, continually displaying a unified passion for the profession and a strong commitment to the people of our community.”


    Clinicians of Excellence 2017 
     CLINICIANS OF THE YEAR – Rome Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Services Professional Excellence Committee presented the 2017 Excellence Awards as part of its’ National Nurses’ Week celebration. Pictured from left to right: FRONT ROW: Margaret Scheiderich, Social Services, Social Worker of the Year; Mary Reader, RN, Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Behavioral Health Services Nurse of the Year and Jamie Marcinkowski, RN, 2 North, Critical Care Services Nurse of the Year and Nurse of Excellence. BACK ROW: Michael Babula, RN, BSN, Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit Nurse of the Year; Danielle Mudge, RN, BSN, Maternity, Maternal Child Care Nurse of the Year; Leah Davis, RN, Maternity Department, Nightingale Nurse Award; Sara Myers, RN, BSN, Emergency Department, Emergency Services Nurse of the Year; Shannon Roberts, RN, BSN, Nursing Office, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year; Lisa Frye, RN, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Nurse of the Year; Amy Samson, RN, 2 East, Medical Surgical Nurse of the Year; Dawn Ayers, R.Ph, Pharmacy, Pharmacist of the Year; Tammy French, LPN, Residential Health Care Facility, Long Term Care Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year and Angela Larkins, RRT, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Services Clinician of the Year. Not pictured is Shirley Smith, RN, Pre-Operative Coordinator, Peri-Operative Services Nurse of the Year.