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2009 Nurse of the Year named at Tahoe Forest Hospital

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Tahoe Forest Hospital held a Nurse of the Year award ceremony Thursday, May 7 as part of National Nurses week and a week-long celebration honoring all nurses. The special recognition ceremony was a touching presentation by Alyce Wong, 2003 Nurse of the Year and Chairperson of the Nurse Planning and Development Council. Wong described the number of services nurses provide with sincerity and humor. The ensuing slideshow, accompanied by “Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkins and “Happy Days,” was a recap of nurses and hospital of yesteryear to present day faces and state of the art facility.

Nominees were selected by their peers based on qualities such as clinical competence, leadership ability, being a role model in the community, and their commitment to the nursing profession. “Our patients tell us it is the high quality care and genuine compassion of our nursing staff that makes all the difference in their hospital stay. We are very proud to recognize all of the nurses for their dedication to their profession and excited to honor the Nurse of the Year,” said Sandra Golonka, Chief Nursing Officer.

2008 Nurse of the Year nominees included: Allison Brook, Med Surg; Kristen Colby, Long Term Care; Lynn Hamill, Med Surg; Jeff Jackson, Emergency Department; Mary Klemmer-Blocker, Home Health; Tammy Melrose, Women and Family; Candy Knight, Surgical Services; Sue McMullen, Occupational Health/Health Clinic; Beverly Mustain, Multispecialty -Tirdel; Deb Phelps, Med Surg; Kirk Reed, Emergency Department; Svetlana Schopp, Surgical Services; Bev Schnobrich, System Performance; Pam Smith, Women and Family; Janet Van Gelder, Education; Carolyn Willette, Chronic Disease Management.

2008 Nurse of the Year, Cathey Bervid, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, passed the crown and baton to Tammy Melrose, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s 2009 Nurse of the Year. “All of my family is in Canada,” said Melrose. “You are my family now.”

After the presentation and award, cake and punch was served in the Tahoe Forest Hospital lobby.

Every year, National Nurses Week is planned to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Many consider Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. Since 1990, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital have been holding celebrations during to honor the entire nursing staff.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, please see the Web site, http://www.tfhd.com.

Suzanne Achey, a nurse of 22 years at Tahoe Forest Hospital, sold Cookie Lee jewelry in the lobby during the Nurse of the Year celebration. Achey, now at the Truckee Surgery Center, donates 25 percent of profits to benefit the local nurses chapter for furthering nurses’ education. “I’ve seen a lot of changes,” said Achey. “I’ve known these people for 25 years, this is like old home week.”


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