Meet Our Employee and Leader of the Year:
This past spring, Sarasota Memorial hosted its annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony to recognize the many achievements of staff, physicians and volunteers. Singled out from more than 4,000 employees as Sarasota Memorial's 2008 EXCEL Employee of the Year was Jackie Bland, RN, of the Renal/Diabetic and Wound Care Unit. An employee since 1982, Bland has served as an invaluable resource for colleagues and a role model for excellence in patient care.
2008 Leader of the Year Adeana Osika heads the Food and Nutrition Department, Diabetes Treatment Services and Comprehensive Bariatric Program. An employee since 1994, Adeana is a true SMHCS success story, starting out as a dietetic intern and working her way up to become a respected director.
Congratulating the two winners of the organizationís most prestigious awards, are from left, Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Chairwoman Donna Barcomb; CEO Gwen MacKenzie; 2008 Leader of the Year Adeana Osika, Registered/Licensed Dietitian; 2008 EXCEL Employee of the Year Jackie Bland, RN IV; and former Hospital Board member Jim Tollerton, who funds the EXCEL Employee of the Month Award through Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Sarasota Memorial Honors Our 2008 Nurses and PCAs of Excellence:
The highlight of Sarasota Memorial's 2008 Nursesí Week in May was the naming of this year's Magnet Nurses and PCAs of Excellence. Chosen by their peers from more than 1,200 SMHCS caregivers, the staff represent the dedication and expertise of the entire patient care team. Front row, l-r: PCA of Excellence Richard Mellott, Extended Surgery Recovery; Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck; Nurses of Excellence Debbie McGonigle, Ortho; Tracy Hegemier, Pain Care; Kim Grissom, Bayside. Back row: Nurse of Excellence Penny Billings, Med-Surg Oncology; PCA of Excellence Marcia Gibbons, Open Heart Step Down; Nurse of Excellence Anita Manchester, MAC; PCA Jacquelyn Linse, CP2; Nurses of Excellence Judy Weiser, Nursery; Mary Bradley, Clinical Research; Barbara Allen, Open Heart Step Down and Christina Taylor, Cardiac Progressive. Not pictured: Nurse of Excellence Vanessa Paquette, Cardiac Acute, and PCA Adrienne Vought, Neuro/Uro.