Pottstown Hospital Names 2021 Winners of Nursing Excellence Awards

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POTTSTOWN, PA — Pottstown Hospital announced the annual Nursing Excellence Award winners during the recent annual Nursing Week.

“The nursing excellence awards program recognizes nurses, nursing support staff and colleagues for their contribution to achieving excellence in clinical practice, quality, safety, community outreach, service, leadership and innovation” said Ann Blankenhorn, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC; Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Pottstown Hospital.

“The awards are a chance to celebrate the accomplishments and share the stories of nurses at Pottstown Hospital,” said Blankenhorn. “Individual nurses, support staff, and teams were nominated by colleagues who submitted stories, cards, letters, unit outcomes, and other evidence to provide examples of the how the nominee exemplifies the award.”

Seven honors recognizing excellence in clinical practice, education, quality, safety, collaboration, leadership, and compassion were awarded to individuals and teams including:

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Excellence in Clinical Support Award – Kathy Buehler, CNA; 6th Floor

Excellence in Nursing Practice Award – Julie Rexrode, MSN, RN, RN-BC; Orthopedics

Excellence in Education Award – Christian Walsh, RN; 5th Floor

Relationship Based Care – Spirit of Caring Award – Rita Rhoads, CNA; Orthopedics

Excellence in Interdisciplinary/Interdepartmental Collaboration – Individual/Team – Monica Kwan-Consigli, PA-C and Fran Salkowski, RN; Employee Health

Physician/APP Collaboration Award – Elijah Chumo, CRNP; Hospitalist

Transformational Leadership – Clinical Nurse Leader – Judd Strauss, MSN, RN, CNL; 5th Floor/Orthopedics

Pottstown Hospital called for Nursing Award Nominations earlier this year for the different awards. These nursing individuals or teams exemplify a commitment to professionalism, professional development, achievement of organizational outcomes, advancement of nursing clinical and professional practice excellence, and contributions that support health system mission, vision, standards, and strategic priorities. Award winners were chosen by a committee of their peers.

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