Nancy Bucher, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, standing at left, chief nursing officer and Crozer-Keystone vice president, poses with Crozer-Chester Medical Center Nursing Excellence Awards winners. Kneeling, left to right, are Debra Lillback, RN, MSN, from the Crozer Regional Trauma Center; Joe Anne Johnson, PCT, from
the CardioVascular Unit (CVU); and Justine Voell, RN, from Labor and Delivery. Standing, left to right, are Marianne Kupchick, RN, from the CVU; Kathryn Miller, RN, BSN, from Telemetry; and Carlo Emmons from the Burn Treatment Center.
Crozer: Annemarie Kennedy, RN, BSN, BA, Nursing Education
Crozer: Marianne Kupchick, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cardiovascular Unit at Crozer
Crozer: Kathryn Miller, RN, BSN, Telemetry Unit at Crozer. Miller also earned a “Spirit of Crozer” award at the medical center’s employee recognition awards ceremony.
Crozer: Tina Voell, RNC, Labor and Delivery Unit at Crozer
Tina Voell, RNC
Crozer: Debra Lillback, RN, BSN, MSN, Trauma Center at Crozer
Springfield: Mimi Arpa Meeder, RN, Acute Care
Mimi Arpa Meeder, RN
Springfield: Diane Neary, RN, BSN, CEN Emergency Department
Diane Neary, RN, BSN, CEN, right, with
Jo-Zetta Shawl, RN, MHA, NEA-BC
Springfield: Mary Weldon, RN, CDE, Center for Diabetes
Mary Weldon, RN, CDE
Taylor: Glenys Zigmont, RN, 3A
2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Award Nominations
Left to right: Kathy Manuel, RN, Maureen DePrince, R.N., Flossie Hogan, R.N., CCRN, Patricia LaPorta, MS, BSN, RN, CCRN, BC, and Jeanne Stanton, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA.
Maureen DePrince, RN, stroke coordinator at DCMH
Flossie Hogan, RN, CCRN, Critical Intensive Care Unit at DCMH
Kathy Manuel, RN, MSN, OCN, Oncology Unit at DCMH
Jeanne Stanton, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA, Operating Room at DCMH
Patricia LaPorta, RN, MSN, BSN, CCRN, BC, Critical Intensive Care Unit at DCMH
2008 Nightingale Award Nominations
Patty Washkalavitch, RNC,OB, BSN
Marianne Kupchick, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cardiovascular Unit at Crozer
Kathryn Miller, RN, BSN, Telemetry Unit at Crozer
Justine Voell, RNC, Labor and Delivery Unit at Crozer
Debra Lillback, RN, BSN, MSN, Trauma Center at Crozer
Other Awards and Appointments
David Bullen, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA, of Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Unit received the Patsy Whitner award from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in 2007.
Becca Choitz, RN, MSN, CNM, of the Midwives of Delaware County earned the 2008 Regional Award for Excellence from the AmericanCollege of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).
Marie DeStefano, RN, MSN, FAAMA, administrative director of Oncology for Crozer-Keystone Health System, was named president of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Southeast Region.
CKHS Home Care Teams Achieve Elite Status
The Home Care Teams at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and Taylor Hospital were named in the 2008 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home healthcare providers in the United States – DCMH for the third year and Taylor for the second year.
“A hospital-based home healthcare program may shorten or eliminate the need for an inpatient hospital stay, help the patient delay or avoid nursing home placement, or avoid re-hospitalization,” says Jane Hanahan, RN, BSN, MHA, administrative director, CKHS Home Care and Hospice.
CKHS home care teams achieved significantly lower rates of re-hospitalization than the national average of 29.8 percent. DCMH achieved 19.9 percent; Taylor, 14.8 percent; and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, 19.9 percent. Factors driving their success include a patient education tool, developed by a nursing work group, which directs the patient when to call a nurse or physician and when to call 911. In addition, nurses were educated on the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) method of reporting to physicians, and the home care teams changed their practice to “front load” visits during the period when patients are most at risk for re-admission.
The HomeCare Elite, the only performance recognition of its kind, is compiled by OCS, Inc., a provider of healthcare rating information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the home care newsletter, Home Health Line.
CKHS Home Care nurses at their Drexeline location.