Monthly Archives: May 2010
Sheryl Trethewey, RN, a member of the Birthing Center staff at Watauga Medical Center, was honored Thursday evening, May 6, as the winner of the 2010 Nursing Excellence Award. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System President and CEO Richard Sparks presented the award, expressing appreciation for Ms. Trethewey’s dedication to providing compassionate, quality care. The Celebration of Nursing Excellence ceremony was the highlight event of National Nurses’ Week and also recognized the career achievements and dedication to excellence of 38 other registered nurses over the last year.
Nominees for the 7th annual Nursing Excellence Award were registered nurses Katherine Anderson, Brenda Barr, Carol Dishman, Denise Dugger, Jenny Mancini, Kelly Trivette, Darlene Caudill, Sheryl “Shay” Trethewey, and Sarah Williams. These nurses were described by Claire P. Wilkie, System Vice President for Patient Care Services, as exemplifying the theme for this year’s National Nurses’ Week, “Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.” Ms. Wilkie recognized and congratulated these nurses for their achievements and their contribution to excellence in the delivery of patient care at Watauga Medical Center.
Tiffany Shreve was also recognized for completion of a Masters Degree, and Marsha Butler, Darlene Caudill, Denise Dugger, Terry Heffren, Heather Landis, Shilohe Otto, and Karen Williams were recognized for completion of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mandy Eller, Randi Greene, Katie Johnson, Cassandra Kerley, Heather Shatley and Valerie Orpen were recognized as WMC employees who completed the Associate Degree in Nursing.
Thirteen registered nurses were recognized for advanced expertise leading to national certification in four areas: Carolyn Moser, Emergency Nurse; Lorrie Mash, Terry Smith, Carole Towers, and Diane Gates, Obstetrical Nurse; Linda Walls, Fetal Monitoring; Marjorie Hrozencik, Oncology Nurse, and Kaitlin Aeschleman, Denise Dugger, Lori Kidder, Judy Osborne, Beth Sargent, and Kelly Trivette, Chemotherapy Nurse.
Four registered nurses advanced in the Registered Nurse Clinical Ladder program for their work on a variety of health studies and educational projects. Achieving Clinical Nurse II designation for the first time were Cindy Adisey and Katherine Anderson; achieving Clinical Nurse III designation for the first time were Marcella Bradford and Miranda Ramsey.
Six other registered nurses also achieved renewal of their Clinical Nurse II status: Brenda Barr, Vicki Canter, Marjorie Hrozencik, Ginger Jordan, Lorrie Mash, and Sandra Watson. Two nurses achieved renewal of their Clinical Nurse III: Maria Hamby and Carolyn Moser.
Previous winners of the Nursing Excellence Award, LaRaye Rudicile (2004), Evelyn Shelton (2005), Christine Trivette (2006), Tim Tumbiolo (2007), Patricia Jenkins (2008), and Linda Walls (2009) were recognized.
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Blue Ridge Physical Therapy in Boone and Cannon Outpatient Physical Therapy in Linville have each cared for high country residents for many years. While each has been a part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, effective June 1, 2010 they are joining forces to become The Rehabilitation Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The Rehabilitation Center will maintain their current staff at each of the two locations, the location adjacent to The Wellness Center in Boone (former Blue Ridge Physical Therapy office) and the office adjacent to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville (formerly Cannon Outpatient Physical Therapy). Same therapists, same locations, just a new name!
“The Rehabilitation Center will offer our patients the most complete array of services and programs with a commitment to making life better, no matter where they are on their journey to recovery,” shared Jeanne Bradshaw, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “The name change better reflects the full array of therapy services offered at each location, we are more than Physical Therapy”, Bradshaw added.
Services offered by The Rehabilitation Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System include, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, Lymphedema management, orthopedic rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, balance and gait rehabilitation, chronic pain and women’s health issues.
Therapy services are available at each location by self-referral or a referral from your physician. If you feel you might benefit from any of the services, please call The Rehabilitation Center today to make an appointment for an evaluation. The office can be reached in Boone at 828-268-9043 or Linville at 828-737-7520.
The Cubby Bear 5K raised more than $1,600 for Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Habitat for Humanity Fund. See the race results.
Thank you to Roy Krege, our emcee, to Shawn Strickland for being our timekeeper and to John Blackburn and Barbara Polygus of Linville Resorts for the use of Camp Yonhanoka.
Congratulations to the winners!
Adam Linker, Policy Analyst for the NC Justice Center, will be speaking from 12 pm to 1 pm at the Reel House (formerly the Dragonfly Pub and Theater) on Friday, May 21, 2010.
This is not a partisan view one way or the other, but an explanation of how passed Healthcare Reform legislation will affect you as an individual.
The event is sponsored by Watauga County Healthy Carolinians, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian District Health Department and Appalachian State University’s Institute for Health and Human Services. Special thanks to the NC Justice Center for speaking for free and to the Reel House for hosting the event. Lunch can be purchased from the Reel House.