ST. LOUIS - Mercy Behavioral Health nurse Catherine (Cathy) Patterson, RN, was honored by March of Dimes Missouri Chapter as a Nurse of the Year during its annual Nurse of the Year gala event. She was one of 20 nurses honored.
Those honored were recognized for their extraordinary level of patient care, compassion, professionalism, integrity and leadership in the nursing profession. The winning nurses each received a crystal award and a gift certificate to Scrubs and Beyond.
“Cathy definitely deserves this great honor,” said Donna Frazier, executive vice president and chief nursing officer for Mercy’s East region. “Cathy exemplifies the profession of nursing and is a true Mercy nurse who cares deeply about her patients and our mission. I’m thrilled that she was honored by the March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year in the Behavioral Health category.”
More than 300 nominations were submitted, representing 55 different health organizations statewide. A selection committee of health care professionals reviewed the blinded nomination forms and determined the winners.
In addition to Patterson’s honor, Sister Mary Jeremy Buckman, RSM, received a special 2013 Legend in Nursing Award for her decades of service to the profession. The criteria included years in the profession, service above and beyond expectations, education and leadership. While the selection committee discussed several names, they unanimously voted for Sr. Mary Jeremy.
Sr. Mary Jeremy spent years in nursing, starting at what is now Mercy Hospital St. Louis. She also taught nursing at diploma schools, colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Even though she is retired, Sr. Mary Jeremy still feels very strongly about nursing and serves on Mercy’s Nursing Leadership Council and the Board of Trustees for Mercy Health System of Kansas. She has published several works on nursing and archiving, and conducted research in nursing education for DePaul and Northern Kentucky Universities.
According to March of Dimes’ Trina Ragain, state director of program services, advocacy and government affairs, “We are so pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions and commitment nurses provide to health care across the state of Missouri. March of Dimes has recognized and appreciated the contribution of nurses for 75 years. Nurse of the Year is an opportunity for March of Dimes, and the community, to say thank you to these wonderful caregivers who make such a difference in our lives.”