During National Nurses Week, May 5-11, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center announced the 2019 recipients of the hospital’s annual Clinical Excellence Awards. Thirty-four members of the hospital’s clinical staff were recognized as outstanding caregivers during a special ceremony. The awards signify the exceptional care and compassion that the honored individuals regularly give to their patients in areas throughout the hospital. For clinical excellence honorees, the awards are especially meaningful because the employees are nominated by their co-workers who provide care alongside them. The final winners are then selected by a panel of hospital leaders that includes past honorees. This year’s Clinical Excellence Awards winners are (click on graphic at right):
Berry, Buckles Receive Top Honors
Two Fort Sanders Regional registered nurses were acknowledged individually with the hospital’s top nursing awards to honor their excellence in clinical care.
Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center nurse and shift leader Eva Buckles was named the 2019 Peggy Mayer Gilbertson award recipient. The award provides funds for continuing education and has been given since 1989 in memory of the wife of Bob Gilbertson, MD, a former chief of staff at the hospital. Candidates for the Gilbertson Fellowship are nominated by their fellow nursing peers, and the recipient is chosen by the hospital’s nursing leadership staff.
Additionally, the Fort Sanders Regional medical staff named oncology nurse Angela Berry recipient of the Elizabeth Killeffer Award. Elizabeth Killeffer was the director and shift leader of nursing from 1922 to 1960 at what was then called Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital. Since 199 2, the Killeffer Award has been given to an outstanding employee who is nominated by peers and chosen by vote of the hospital physicians.