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Nurse appointed
to board of directors

The DeKalb Regional Health System board of directors has appointed Susan Parry, MS, RN, to a three-year term on the board.

Parry, a long-time nurse and former vice president of patient care services, is the first nurse to hold a position on the board and one of the few nurses in the nation to hold such a leadership role.

“My focus will be to facilitate collaborative partnerships between nurses, administration and physicians that can be catalysts for health service excellence and innovation,” Parry said.

A member of DeKalb Medical’s Center for Nursing Practice, Parry has nearly 50 years of nursing experience and has served in managerial and executive positions at DeKalb Medical and has been an instructor at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

GET YOUR WINGS: Michele Gandy, a registered nurse and community volunteer, has received this year’s Wings of Mercy Award in recognition of her roles at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. The award is in recognition of Gandy’s years of dedication to health care-related leadership roles in metro Atlanta, as well as her commitment to St. Joseph’s and its mission.

Gandy has been president of the auxiliary to the Georgia State Medical Association and WINGS (Workers Involved in New Growth for St. Joseph’s), which is part of the St. Joseph’s Mercy Foundation). She is an executive committee member of the American Heart Association and serves on the boards of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and the Arthritis Foundation.

MOVING ON UP: Randy Murphy, RN, MSN, MBA, has been named assistant vice president of ambulatory nursing care for Ambulatory and Network Services at MCGHealth in Augusta.
Murphy, who joined MCGHealth in 1994, won the CSRA Nursing Showcase Reflection of Nursing Spirit Award in 2005. He’s a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International.

REHAB CERTIFICATION: Four registered nurses at Walton Rehabilitation Health System in Augusta recently earned specialized certification in rehabilitation nursing. Gary Jones, RN; Patricia Stanfield, RN; Clinton Plumlee, RN; and Nancy Beckes-Goodrich, BSN, RN, BAACM, patient advocate and risk management, passed the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse exam in June.

The CRRN certification demonstrates excellence in care and specialized knowledge in rehabilitation nursing. Walton Rehab’s goal is for 100 percent of its eligible registered nurses to earn CRRN certification by 2010.

NURSE SURGE: According to a study recently released by Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, about 243,000 nurses entered the work force in 2007 and 2008, the largest two-year increase in three decades. The gain came during a period when the U.S. work force shed more than six million jobs.

ADVANTAGE AWARD: WellStar Health System has received a Thomson Reuters 2009 Healthcare Advantage Award. The awards are given each year to organizations — including hospitals, health systems, health plans, large employers and government agencies — that use data analytics to improve operational results and the quality of health care.

WellStar was honored for WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s patient-flow project. Since the project was put in place, the hospital has seen a significant reduction in waiting time for urgent catheter lab patients and surgery patients, who are often bumped or delayed due to emergency patient volume.

QUALITY CARE: Six MCGHealth employees were chosen for the 2009 Family Choice Awards. A committee of patients and families voted these practitioners as representing the best in patient/family-centered care: Sandra McVicker, senior vice president and chief nursing officer; Dr. Fenwick Nichols, neurologist; James O’Meara, physical therapist; Nancy Green, emergency department nurse; Deborah Luckey, orthopedics nurse; and Andrea Burton, neonatal ICU nurse.

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Carolyn Rainey-Jones

September 3rd, 2009
10:05 pm

Charlie Norwood VAMC, Nurse Wins 20009 CSRA Nurse of the Year
For the second year in a row, a nurse from the the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center has been named the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Nurse of the Year. Carolyn Rainey-Jones, was selected during the 2009 CSRA Spirit of Nursing Showcase held in May at the Augusta Doubletree Hotel. Ms. Rainey-Jones follows in the foot steps of Lisa Waller, who was honored with this award in 2008. To win this highly coverted community nursing award two years in a row is a testament to the caliber of nursing staff that works at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical