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Lake Regional Nurses Receive Excellence Awards

Monday, May 6, 2019

Lake Regional Health System selected six outstanding nurses to honor during National Nurses’ Week, May 6–12. The award committee received 108 nominations from employees wishing to honor their co-workers.

“Lake Regional has amazing nurses throughout our health system,” said Melissa Hunter, R.N., MSN, Lake Regional Health System’s senior vice president of Clinical Services and chief nursing officer. “We commend these award winners for dedicating their lives to serving others.”

Carissa Crooks, R.N., Family Birth Center, and Lindsey Griffin, R.N., Intensive Care Unit, each received a Rookie of the Year award. This award recognizes first-year nurses who show great compassion, excellence in skills and a desire to learn the registered nurse role. Crooks lives in Eldon, and Griffin lives in Camdenton.

Judy Mahoney, LPN, Cancer Center, received the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year award. This award recognizes a nurse who demonstrates commitment to providing excellent care by participating in quality improvement initiatives and educational opportunities. Mahoney lives in Camdenton.

Tilly Schmidt, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award. This award recognizes a nurse practitioner who is a role model for integrity, clinical excellence and a positive attitude. Schmidt lives in Osage Beach.

Jeri Swanson, R.N., Outpatient, received the Spirit of Nursing award. Florence Nightingale said, “Nursing is an art,” and one must have passion to create masterpieces. This award recognizes a nurse who always looks for opportunities to brighten the day of patients and co-workers. Swanson lives in Camdenton.

Jennifer Wiethop, R.N., Intensive Care Unit, received the Mentorship award. This award recognizes a nurse who is known for helping other nurses learn and succeed. Wiethop lives in Linn Creek.

Lake Regional Health System currently employs approximately 487 nurses — 92 licensed practical nurses, 363 registered nurses and 32 nurse practitioners.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.

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Carissa Crooks, R.N., center left, receives her Rookie of the Year award from Mary Lou Gamm, RNC-OB, Women’s and Children’s Services director; Melissa Hunter, R.N., MSN, senior vice president of Clinical Services; and Trish Jung, RNC, lead nurse, Family Birth Center. Carissa Crooks, R.N., center left, receives her Rookie of the Year award from Mary Lou Gamm, RNC-OB, Women’s and Children’s Services director; Melissa Hunter, R.N., MSN, senior vice president of Clinical Services; and Trish Jung, RNC, lead nurse, Family Birth Center.
Lindsey Griffin, R.N., center right, receives her Rookie of the Year award from Hunter; Amy Kempf, R.N., Critical Care director; and Erin Whitcomb, R.N., Critical Care manager. Lindsey Griffin, R.N., center right, receives her Rookie of the Year award from Hunter; Amy Kempf, R.N., Critical Care director; and Erin Whitcomb, R.N., Critical Care manager.
Tilly Schmidt, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, center left, receives the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award from Gamm; Hunter; and Mike Burcham, vice president of Physician Practices. Tilly Schmidt, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, center left, receives the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award from Gamm; Hunter; and Mike Burcham, vice president of Physician Practices.
Jeri Swanson, R.N., center, receives the Spirit of Nursing award from Kelly Phillips, Outpatient Services/Surgical Center unit lead, and Hunter. Jeri Swanson, R.N., center, receives the Spirit of Nursing award from Kelly Phillips, Outpatient Services/Surgical Center unit lead, and Hunter.
Judy Mahoney, LPN, center, receives the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year award, from Kevin McRoberts, FACHE, senior vice president of Operations; Hunter; Brandi Kincaid, NP-C, AOCNP; and Marcy Maxwell, Cancer Services director. Judy Mahoney, LPN, center, receives the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year award, from Kevin McRoberts, FACHE, senior vice president of Operations; Hunter; Brandi Kincaid, NP-C, AOCNP; and Marcy Maxwell, Cancer Services director.
Jennifer Wiethop, R.N., receives the Mentorship award from Hunter, Kempf and Whitcomb. Jennifer Wiethop, R.N., receives the Mentorship award from Hunter, Kempf and Whitcomb.