February 10, 2016 -
PORT ANGELES – Olympic Medical Center’s board of commissioners and leadership team honored four nurses, one certified nurse assistant and one unit secretary at the board of commissioners meeting on February 3, 2016. Kristy Makula, RN, Debbie Casey, CNA, Sandy Caswell, CNA, Lori Gray, RN, Kathy Sims, RN, and Robin Burse, BSN, RN were recognized for high level of commitment to patient care.
"Kristy has received recognition from our Leadership Rounding Team and from patients who identified her as going above and beyond with her compassionate care,” says Tanya Rutherford, MN, RN, outgoing director of the medical / surgical unit.
As the nursing unit secretary, "Casey is a great first impression for our patients’ family members and visitors, is very helpful to the physicians and always maintains a positive attitude,” says Rutherford.
Caswell is the senior CNA on the unit and is the "go to” person for all CNA staff and nurses on the night shift. According to Rutherford, "Sandy provides outstanding, compassionate care and maintains high standards and expectations because she feels that the patients deserve only the best.”
Lori received accolades for providing great care to patients, acting as a patient advocate and striving to be a positive part of the experience for patients and their families. "Nursing is the eyes and ears for the physicians and Lori does not hesitate to call the physician for patient care needs. Safety is very important to her,” says Rutherford.
Sims, who started working at Olympic Medical Center in 1987, is a senior nurse on day shift. "Kathe provides outstanding care to our patients and really tries to connect with their families on a personal level to help ease anxiety. She also strives to ensure that they understand what to do after being discharged,” explained Rutherford. The Leadership Rounding Team has recognized Sims, as well as patients who felt she went above and beyond in their care.
Olympic Medical recently named Burse the interim director of the medical / surgical unit. "Robin is all about the patient and the patient experience. She has very high standards and expectations about the level of care provided to our patients, and the support and leadership that she provides to our staff,” says Rutherford. Burse is also currently studying for her Masters in Nursing degree.
Photo left to right, front row: Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis, Chief Nursing Office Lorraine Wall, MSN, RN, Kristy Makula, RN, Unit Secretary Debbie Casey, Lori Gray, RN, Kathe Sims, RN, Director of Medical/Surgical Unit Tanya Rutherford, MN, RN, and Board President John Nutter. Back row: Sandy Caswell, CNA, and Interim Director of Medical/Surgical Unit Robin Burse, BSN, RN.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.