Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City co-workers Kelli Dutton, APRN-CNP, and Brandy Chaney, RNC-NIC, have been recognized among an elite group of nurses nationally.
Dutton and Chaney were among only 27 spotlighted nationally by medical device company Tangent Medical. The Nurses’ Choice Awards were created to honor nurses during National Nurses Week and to recognize those clinicians who demonstrate excellence in improving patient comfort, satisfaction, safety and the overall quality of patient care. Every nurse considered for this award was nominated by a nursing professional in hospitals and practices across the U.S and Canada.
Dutton helps lead the stroke program at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City which was in January accredited with the state’s only Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission – the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in health care for having staff, equipment and processes that meet the highest levels of stroke prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation.
Dutton, who recently joined Mercy Clinic, works with stroke nurses, neurologists, administrators and staff to ensure patients are seen by a stroke expert within 15 minutes of arriving at the hospital. She makes sure the program flows smoothly and patient outcomes are ever-improving.
Chaney works in Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s level-III neonatal intensive care unit, which helps 400 babies per year grow and thrive so they can go home to be with their families. The 42-bed unit has private and semi-private rooms, and serves babies from across the state thanks to the recent addition of a NICU flight team.
By helicopter, the crew can reach babies in Ardmore, Ada, Stillwater and other Oklahoma communities in a fraction of the time it used to take to get there by plane or ground ambulance. Within fifteen minutes of getting a call to retrieve a baby, the Mercy NICU Flight Team is suited up and ready to go.
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is a 381-bed hospital where 2,800 co-workers provide services including Level-III neonatal intensive care, robotic surgery, cancer care, interventional radiology and clinical research. Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.