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UVMC Holds Spring Nursing Forum


Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham was named UVMC’s 2010 Cameos of Caring Award winner at the annual Spring Nursing Forum held May 11.

Graham, a registered nurse, also was named the Preceptor of the Year and received a Nursing Excellence Award.

The goal of the Cameos of Caring program, started at the University of Pittsburgh, is to single out nurses “who add a special touch,” said Judy Snyder, UVMC Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. UVMC has participated in the regional program with Wright State University since 2001.

“Lauren exemplifies nursing at UVMC. She is there, really reaching out, helping,” Snyder said.


Joy Dearth

Also recognized during the forum were Joy Dearth, named New Hire of the Year; Carol Jenkins, Care Manager; Yolanda Munguia, CNS/Clinician/Educator; Brenda Free, Manager; Kay Rickey, Director; and Angel Johnson of Human Resources, Partner in Practice.

Other Nursing Excellence Awards were presented to Judy  Anderson, Gayle Beard, Elaine Bohman, Lisa Brown, Tina Burns, Robin Cope, Cindy Delwiche, Tracy Gunnerman, Melissa Humphreys, Kristin Jones, Kathy Kenney, Angela Leiss, Peg Menker, Judy Nix, Sharon Poeppleman, Sherri Shelly, Nancy Snell, Rhona Speltz, Ann Timmerman, Diana Wiltheiss, Krista Withrow and Stephanie Wolfe.

The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize those who demonstrate professionalism, leadership and continuous striving toward improvement; incorporate UVMC’s Caring Plus standards into interactions with patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; consistently support the nursing team and create a patient-centered care environment; and serve as a role model for standards of excellence and commitment to their area of specialty.

Awards also were presented to Patient Care Technicians Shryl Brown, Tina Leckey and Katherine Wright. The recipients of the Physician Recognition Award were Dr. Sayed Ali, Dr. Greg Rodgers and Dr. Tammy Taylor.

Mgmt Awards Group

Nursing management awards included (left to right) Angel Johnson, Human Resources Employment Coordinator; Carol Jenkins, Care Manager; Yolanda Munguia, CNS/Clinician/Educator; Kay Rickey, Director; Brenda Free, Manager.