Nursing Director Wins Spirit of Innovation Award

November 22, 2010


Debbie Pender, Mercy Memorial
medical/surgical nurse director

Debbie Pender, RN, MS, med/surg nursing director at Mercy Memorial Health Center recently received the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) Spirit of Innovation Award at the 2010 annual OHA convention. Pender was one of 38 hospital employees to receive the award state-wide. Pender worked countless hours to prepare the nursing staff for their move to a new bed tower, which opened in June 2010. She was responsible for putting together the master plan which consisted teams of co-workers to move equipment, beds and patients on move day. Not only did the staff have to prepare for a move to a new facility, but they also went live with Epic at the same time.

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