Special to the News-Standard
Nurses from all areas of care received honors in the inaugural 2022 Pineywoods Nurse of the Year awards recently.
Those being honored include Cindy Kendrick, RN, of Trinity, a nurse at Trinity Rehab and Healthcare Center.
The peer and clinician-driven awards were created to elevate nurses and raise awareness of compassion fatigue and burnout. Each Grand Prize winner will receive a trip donated by Elite Island Resorts, a charitable Caribbean resort organization in support of Pineywoods East Texas nurses.
“Our nurses are very important to us. The award’s impact has brought an immense boost in confidence for the profession – aiding in retention, ” said Amanda Maggio, Hospice Consultant with AccentCare.
There were 15 grand award winners and 30 total awards given out in three different categories: home care, hospital, and facility.
Organizers hope the self-care-oriented gifts and trips will honor nurses, who are nominated by their colleagues or leadership in communities that have shown resiliency, compassion in the hardest of times, and excellence in quality of care despite challenges faced.
“These award winners are an inspiration to others,” Maggio said.
Home Care NOY awards went to Sandy Emin, Dee Dee Bollman, Jamie Gressler, Stacy Guerra, Sendy Sopchak, Katy Owens, Abbie Murphy and Alice McNiel.
The Hospital division NOY awards recipients are Stephanie Crofford, Erin Medina, Jordan Small, Vu Huynh, Leila Rogers, Estee Cokenour, Shelby Gay, Halie Berry, Tristin Hancock and Ronna Baker.
The Facility category NOY awards were given to Shanna Reynolds, Lori Cantrell, Danielle Simpson, Kamri Garrison, Mary Moore, Cindy Kendrick, Beverly Nelson, Jessica Stokley, Lashonda Carr and Neil Dickens.
“We are so proud of AccentCare’s nurses and the other recipients,” said Holly Titsworth, AccentCare PR Manager. “This is an excellent way to show how valuable nurses are in the mission-driven work they do everyday.”
Many thanks go out to the award recipients for all the hard work and care they put in every day for their patients and families in Cleveland, Woodville, Shepherd, Corrigan, Groveton, Trinity and Huntsville.
“The workforce is beaming,” Maggio said. “Overall, this region has improved, increasing the likelihood of maintaining resiliency; therefore contributing directly to improved workplace environments. The compassion fatigue training scheduled will inevitably improve patient care for long term outcome.”