St. John’s Recognizes Excellence in Nursing

May 13, 2011


St. John’s honored the hardworking staff of Mercy nurses with an Excellence in Nursing Luncheon and Awards Presentation at Thursday at St. John’s Hammons Heart Institute Auditorium.

Sister Mary Roch Rocklage was keynote speaker at the event which celebrated the important role of nursing in the Mercy ministry. This year, Sister Roch joined the likes of Clara Barton, Ben Franklin and Ted Kennedy as the 90th person inducted into Modern Healthcare magazine’s Hall of Fame. It is clear that Sister Roch, 75, and a Sister of Mercy, belongs on this prestigious list with more than 50 years of service. She was the first Sisters of Mercy Health System president and chief executive officer. She has also led the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association. Today, Sister Roch is a professor of health care administration at two distinguished universities in St. Louis. She serves on the boards of several governmental, religious and civic agencies and remains the health ministry liaison for Mercy.

“Sister Roch has been a visionary force in health care leadership, driven by a commitment to provide access to quality health care for all people,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Sisters of Mercy Health System.

The eight awards presented include:

  • Excellence in Practice – Deborah Lowrance, Cancer Resource Center

  • Excellence in Precepting – Dianna Bartolotta, Home Health Care

  • Excellence in Research – Sonya Cass, Risk Management

  • Excellence in Evidence-Based Practice (Departmental Award) – 6A Medical Intensive Care Unit

  • Excellence in Teaching – Sheila Peters, Mother and Baby Support Center

  • Excellence in Community Service – Robyn Killam, Labor and Delivery

  • Nightingale Nursing Award – Alice Schneider, Surgery

  • Young Nurse of the Year – Sarah Kilmer, Surgery

This week, St. John’s nurses have been collecting food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. So far, the nurses have collected about 1,500 pounds in donations, providing more than 1,100 meals to people in the Ozarks.

In addition, each nursing unit was asked to design a themed basket to be raffled off during Nurse’s Week. Proceeds will go to the Nursing Fund within St. John’s Foundation which supports professional nursing development. Currently more than $3000 has been raised through the raffle.

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