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Pineywoods ‘Nurse of the Year’ awards named

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The 2022 Pineywoods Nurse of the Year awards were announced last week in Southeast Texas. “Our nurses are very important to us. The award’s impact has brought an immense boost in confidence for the profession – aiding in retention, ” says Amanda Maggio, Hospice Consultant with AccentCare. The peer and clinician-driven awards were formed to elevate nurses and raise awareness of compassion fatigue and burnout. The nominees heard who won during a virtual ceremony on social media. 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.

With 15 Grand award winners, there were 30 total awards given out in three different categories: Home Care, Hospital and Facility.

Organizers hope the self-care-oriented gifts and trips will elevate and honor nurses 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,” said Maggio.

Home Care NOY awards went to Sandy Emin, Dee Dee Bollman, Jamie Gressler, Stacy Guerra, Sendy Sopchak, Katy Owens, Abbie Murphy and Alice McNiel.

“Congratulations to AccentCare’s nurses and the other recipients! This is an excellent way to show how valuable they are in the mission driven work that they do every day, “said Holly Titsworth, AccentCare PR Manager.

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.

“The workforce is beaming. 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,” said Amanda.

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.   

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