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10 Wayne Memorial Hospital Employees Recognized for Nursing Excellence

Ten employees from Wayne Memorial Hospital were awarded for nursing excellence.

Ten employees were honored last night at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s annual recognition of its excellent nurses, nursing assistants, technicians and surgical staff.

The 10 were chosen from among 26 employees nominated by their supervisors, co-workers and peers. Final selections were made by two outside judges and one internal, non-nursing employee who scored the nominations based on integrity, honesty, accountability, character, enthusiasm, caring, compassion and competency.

Hospital President and CEO Bill Paugh presented the awards. This year’s winners are:

  • Patricia Acosta, R.N., a graduate of Barton College and a nurse for three years at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She works in the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit.
  • Summer Carr, R.N., has been at WMH for four years. She is a graduate of Wayne Community College and works in the intensive care unit.
  • Julie Hagans, N.A., received her nurse assistant certificate from Wayne Community College and has been employed at WMH for six years. She works in the telemetry department.
  • Kim Kennedy, R.N., is a graduate of WCC and also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Olive College. She has been with WMH for 15 years and works as a school health nurse.
  • Benjamin Kitchin, an R.N. for 14 years, has been with WMH for 11 and works in the labor and delivery unit.  He is a graduate of Southwestern Community College and has been admitted into the MSN-Nurse Midwifery program at East Carolina University as its first male student. He will begin those studies in January.
  • Susan Peacock, R.N., has worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital for 17 years. She is a graduate of Peace College and ECU, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in education and nursing. She is a clinical educator in the intensive care unit.
  • Lori Tillman, R.N., has worked at WMH for 30 years. She is a graduate of James Sprunt Community College and is a corporate health nurse.
  • Michelle Toler, an R.N. for seven years, has worked at WMH for 13 years.  She is a graduate of WCC and works in the operating room.
  • Amy Willoughby, R.N. and C.R.N.A, graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a master’s degree in nursing and the Raleigh School of Anesthesia. She’s worked at WMH for 16 years, currently in the anesthesia department.
  • Tammy Woodard, R.N., is a graduate of Wayne Community College.  She has been employed at Wayne Memorial Hospital for 22 years and works in the women, infant and children’s department.

Each of the winners received an acrylic, flame-shaped award symbolizing Florence Nightingale, who was known for carrying an oil lamp at night as she made her rounds tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.

The guest speaker was Kathy Sprau, founder of Kathy Sprau Motivating Communications Inc. of Greenville, N.C.

Approximately 85 people attended the awards presentation.