HCA Midwest Health announces that Alison Marsh, RN, an Emergency Room nurse at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo., received the prestigious HCA Excellence in Nursing Award for compassionate care at a ceremony for the 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction at HCA headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, May 16.
The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, established in 2014, honors the intrinsic value of the nursing practice in accomplishing the HCA mission of providing the highest quality of care to patients and communities. The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 in cash. The two national recipients, including Marsh, were selected from more than 120 hospital-level honorees. HCA Midwest Health is Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider; Centerpoint Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health.
At Monday's 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction ceremony, the 2nd annual HCA Excellence in Nursing Award was presented to Marsh and one other recipient, Jim Kruger, RN, assistant vice president of nursing and emergency service at St. Lucie Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Marsh went above and beyond when tragedy struck a family following a fatality car accident. A seven-year-old was admitted to the Centerpoint Medical Center Level II Trauma Center with multiple trauma and lacerations; Marsh comforted and distracted the scared young patient by downloading the popular Disney movie, “Frozen” on her personal phone. When she learned from EMS that one of the child’s siblings did not survive the crash and, anticipating the family’s needs, Marsh stayed with the patient and coordinated care with the hospital chaplain and assisted with the painful process of telling the child that her sibling didn’t survive the accident. Following the funeral Marsh, along with Centerpoint Medical Center’s trauma medical director, coordinated treating the patient to a night out at “Frozen on Ice.”
“This is the second year that HCA has honored individuals for achievements and contributions to their communities and HCA through the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President of HCA Midwest Health. “I am extremely proud of the level of compassion, service and commitment demonstrated by our employees such as Alison Marsh and their unwavering commitment and dedication to providing outstanding care in pursuit of helping others.”
“Alison’s compassionate care and diligence on behalf of this young patient certainly demonstrates not only her reputation as an excellent caregiver but, as Ali often notes herself, that of the entire Emergency Room staff at Centerpoint,” says David Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Centerpoint Medical Center. “They deliver compassionate and patient-sensitive care each and every day. And, it is such a pleasure to see one of our own find her daily tasks acknowledged for the truly remarkable care she provides and share it with her team, especially as they collectively see themselves as ordinary, when in fact, they are extraordinary. Ali is an excellent example of the nurse you want taking care of your son or daughter if they find themselves alone and scared following an accident.”
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