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>CarolinaEast Health System Honors 2011 Clinical Excellence Award Recipients

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New Bern, NC – Ten CarolinaEast Health System employees were recently honored by the organization’s administration and their peers as recipients of the 2011 Clinical Excellence Award.

Clinical Excellence Awards are given to clinical professionals who exhibit superior technical skills, professional standards and a commitment to community service. A selection committee, consisting of past Clinical Excellence Award recipients, reviews nominations made by immediate supervisors and endorsed by at least one peer as part of the selection process.

“It is vital that we honor, recognize and reward our medical professionals who make constant efforts to be the best at what they do,” explained Rosanne Leahy, Vice President of Nursing Services. “These ten employees are exemplary representations of what CarolinaEast is all about. They positively impact their patients every day and are committed to giving the most compassionate, highest quality care possible. We are very proud of them,” she explained.

In addition to the recognition associated with this distinguished award, recipients are also given the opportunity to continue the professional development that earned them the honor of the award. CarolinaEast Health System sponsors the recipients’ attendance at the national educational conference of their choice for their particular profession.

“Since this award is given in recognition of professional excellence, we felt it was fitting to incorporate an opportunity to advance that excellence into the award itself.”

The CarolinaEast Health System 2011 Clinical Excellence Award winners are:
Steven Anderson, MT (ASCP), MLT (ASCP), Laboratory
Diana Bennett, AAS, Emergency Medicine Services
Caroline Bliss, RN, BSN, CPUI, Nursing Resource
Jenna Dudley, RN CMS, 4SouthEast
Deborah Gustafson, RN, Outpatient Services
Pamela Madsen, RCP-RRT, Respiratory Therapy
Ginny McKinney, RN, CRRN, Rehabilitation
Melissa Phillips, AAS, Diagnostic Center
Daniel Shiminski, RN, CVICU
Dustin Wood, CMNT, PET, Nuclear Medicine

The awards ceremony was touching and sincere as recipients expressed the pride they have in their work and in CarolinaEast as an organization. Ray Leggett, President and CEO of CarolinaEast expressed his appreciation for their hard work and dedication. “These employees – these professionals are what make this organization successful,” he said. “The employees caring for our community for almost 50 years are who have made CarolinaEast what we are today. The region’s premier health care provider.”

Submitted by: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health System, 2000 Neuse Blvd., P.O. Box 12157, New Bern, NC 28561, 252-633-8154