LewisGale nurse Annette Chewning earns 2011 Daisy Award
The following news release was submitted by Joy Sutton, Marketing Communications Manager for LewisGale Regional Health System:
A Nurse’s Heart: DAISY Award Winner Annette Chewning Treats Patient Like Family
Pulaski, VA, February, 2012 – When you’re under the care of Annette Chewning, R.N., B.S.N., you are more than just a patient, you’re treated like family. For more than 12 years, Annette has been caring for patients at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, most recently in the Intensive Care Unit where she serves as the clinical team leader.
She has touched the lives of countless patients, many who are critically ill. One family member will never forget how Annette cared for his wife. In his nomination form for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, he described how she exemplified a true nurse’s heart.
“It was obvious in watching her care for my wife that she wasn’t just following orders, she was deeply involved in monitoring the constantly changing condition of my wife and making adjustments that maximized her treatment, both physically and emotionally,” he wrote.
On January 25, the Nursing Professional Development Council presented Annette with the fourth quarter 2011 DAISY Award for her dedication to the hospital and its patients.
“Annette has a wonderful relationship with her patients,” said Sandy Emeott, B.S.N., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. “Her care is from her heart and she daily is both a patient advocate and a caretaker.”
“Annette exhibits great compassion, while providing world-class care to the patients she serves,” said Linda Shepherd, R.N., B.S.N., ICU Director.
That compassion started at a young age, when Annette watched her mother care for her ailing grandmother who was battling colorectal cancer.
“I have always wanted to help take care of people and help them get better,” said Annette. “To be recognized by a patient’s family for the job that I do makes every day worth it.”
About the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses:
The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.
About LewisGale Hospital Pulaski:
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is part of LewisGale Regional Health System. LewisGale Regional Health System includes 38 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 135 employed providers and 550 independent physicians. With more than 3,300 employees, its annual payroll and benefits is $220.5 million. The system also paid $33 million in taxes and provided more than $86 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2010 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with more than 13,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.
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