(Calhoun, Ga)— Each day nurses at Gordon Hospital provide the best patient care in the area.
To celebrate their contributions and dedication to the hospital and the patients they serve, Gordon Hospital observes National Nurses Week by hosting a luncheon and other special events in their honor. During the luncheon this year, the 2009 H.E.A.R.T. of Nursing Award was presented to Carrie Kuhlman, RN. Last year’s winner, Patti Hoover, RN, made the presentation.
“We are so proud of Carrie and all that she does for Gordon Hospital,” said Amy Jordon, MSN, chief nursing officer at Gordon Hospital. “The H.E.A.R.T. acronym stands for helpfulness, enthusiasm, achievement and adaptability, responsibility and teamwork – all qualities that Carrie exemplifies.”
Kuhlman, who was nominated for the award by her peers, is a graduate of Dalton State College. She and her husband, Bill, are the parents of Logan, 5½, and Camdyn, 2.
“I was very surprised to be nominated for the HEART of Nursing Award,” she said.
“Being nominated by my peers means more to me because they see me at my best and at my worst on a daily basis. I think so highly of the winners nominated in the years before me, and to be in that same category makes me feel deeply honored. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful and giving people. I hope that I bring joy to each and every patient I come in contact with because that is what they fill my life with.”
In addition to Kuhlman, Gordon Hospital also recognized Samantha Worley as the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) Employee of the Year. Worley has been employed as a Nurse Tech for 2½ years. She also served as a volunteer for five years.
“Samantha is always positive and cheerful,” said Patti Hoover, director of PCU. “Her faith in Christ truly shows in the care that she gives her patients.”
The PCU Employee of the Year award recipient is selected each year by the employees in the department, Hoover added.
Worley said she was honored and surprised to receive the award.
“All of the PCU staff deserves a piece of this award because we all work so hard together – as a team – to provide the best care possible for our patients,” she said. “Gordon Hospital and Patti Hoover have been so good to me and provided a wonderful work environment. I am so blessed. Thanks to all who voted!”