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SOURCE Cherokee Uniforms
Six care providers across the country are recognized for outstanding service
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of healthcare apparel, announced today the winners of its 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. The award honors five nurses and a volunteer from across the country for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others.
"Cherokee is thrilled to recognize this year's winners for their dedication, compassion and excellence," said Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms. "Each of these individuals represents our nation's remarkable healthcare heroes who serve their patients and communities every single day."
This year's award honors winners in categories including: Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), students enrolled in nursing school and other Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Inspired Comfort Award recipients.
The 2013 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award winners include:
Registered Nurses (RNs):
Grand Prize - Kristin von Thelen, RN, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
Kristin von Thelen's passion for caring for others extends beyond the walls of the hospital where she serves as a labor and delivery nurse. For the last 20 years, von Thelen has donated time, services and expertise in her community. She serves at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, treating the working uninsured population. Additionally, she serves on the Women's Committee at Martha Jefferson Hospital, which has raised millions of dollars for women's health initiatives. Since 1991 the veteran nurse has served on six voluntary medical outreaches to India, joining teams of doctors, dentists, physical therapists and other nurses to help children with cleft lip, cleft palate, burns, scars, and other skin malformations. In years that she has not accompanied the team, she has donated more than 250 hours to help plan the outreaches and raise funds.
National Prize - Laurie Ketterl, RN, Bryan LGH Medical Center, Lincoln, NE
Co-workers describe Laurie Ketterl, a nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as someone who continually challenges her peers to think outside of the box in order to provide excellent patient care. Ketterl jumped into action earlier this year when a premature baby, born at just 29 weeks, and his critically ill mother were in separate Intensive Care Units. Since the mother had never seen her son and would soon undergo a life-saving surgery, Ketterl arranged for the mother and baby to see each other for the very first time via a video call using two iPads. When the mother kissed her child on the forehead using the screen, surrounding staff watched in amazement as the baby responded with a kick. Thanks to Ketterl's innovation and exceptional care, the hospital's foundation has since funded iPads for the NICU.
Advance Practice Nurses (APNs):
Grand Prize - Romeatrius Moss - RN, MSN, APHN-BC, DNP, United States Air Force, Hurlburt Field, FL
Romeatrius Moss is the Health Care Integrator and Disease Manager with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base in Florida. She founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Black Nurse Association (MGCBNA) and established the Mississippi Gulf Coast chapter of the Medical Reserve Corps, which focuses on improving the health and safety of local communities while helping to prepare for and respond to public health and medical emergencies. Since Moss founded the MGCBNA in 2008, she has mentored more than 500 nurses and impacted more than 200,000 coastal residents through education and healthcare services. She has created and implemented 20 programs for the association, including HIV/AIDS prevention programs and a teen pregnancy-reduction program for female African-American students in fourth through eleventh grades. In 2012 alone, she donated more than 1,200 hours to the communities that she serves.
National Prize - Bill Legere, FNP, ACNP, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME
After the tragic death of his daughter, Grace, in 1993, Bill Legere, a family nurse practitioner at Central Maine Medical Center, became a fierce advocate for at-risk children – in Maine and around the world. Legere started the non-profit Foundation of Hope and Grace to serve as a voice for at-risk women and children, especially victims of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. The foundation partners with like-minded organizations around the world to protect, educate and nurture. Legere also co-founded the Not Here Justice in Action Network to elevate the awareness of human trafficking and exploitation in his home state of Maine and to facilitate a collaborative safety net for women and children among law enforcement, social service agencies, educators, healthcare workers and the faith community.
Grand Prize - Maggie Knight, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
As a nursing student, Maggie Knight demonstrated an unwavering commitment to care for those in need. Serving as the president or co-chair of four charitable campus groups, Knight volunteered more than 350 hours over the past year, in addition to raising funds to support families during the holidays. She also personally raised more than $4,300 by bicycling from Baltimore to San Diego, as part of a team that raised money for 4K for Cancer, a program of the Ullman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Additionally, Knight's determination to make a difference for those affected by cancer led her to drive a campaign that resulted in Stony Brook University receiving a $10,000 grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation for Camp Kesem, a college student-run summer camp for kids with a parent who has or has had cancer.
Grand Prize - Joe Grier, Volunteer, Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha, NE
For the last two years, 90-year-old, Joe Grier, has spent every Wednesday afternoon volunteering at Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center as a "Volunteer Companion" in the post intensive care unit. Grier eases loneliness and reduces anxiety in elderly patients who have no family or visitors and/or are suffering from confusion and anxiety. While in his 80's Grier decided to learn Spanish and now is often heard praying in Spanish with patients for whom Spanish is their primary language. In addition to his service at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Grier also distributes Communion each week at Creighton University Medical Center.
Since 2003, more than 10,000 healthcare providers have been nominated, with more than 100 honored as Inspired Comfort Award winners.
Grand Prize winners in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two. All other winners will receive:
All winners receive:
About Cherokee Uniforms
Cherokee Uniforms is the leader in the design of uniforms and footwear for nurses and other healthcare professionals, bringing comfort, quality, fashion and function to the forefront of healthcare apparel. Cherokee has the highest positive name recognition among nationally surveyed nurses and offers the widest range of fabrications, colors, prints, styles and sizes in medical uniforms.
Cherokee Uniforms supports healthcare professionals through scholarships, media and information platforms, the Inspired Comfort Award for exceptional service and as a Foundation sponsor of the DAISY Award recognition programs.
Cherokee is owned by Strategic Partners, Inc. and is based in Chatsworth, CA.
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