West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center is proud to congratulate six nurses honored with the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award from the South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF). Virginia Hall, Brad Harman Jr., James Jeffcoat, Lori Sutton, Shannon Turner and Amanda Witdoeckt were honored at a gala reception and awards dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
The SCNF promotes high standards of health care by facilitating the advancement of nursing through awards, grants and scholarships. The organization gives the Palmetto Gold Award to 100 nurses across South Carolina each year for excellence in and commitment to the nursing profession. Criteria for the selection of Palmetto Gold recipients includes promoting and advancing nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community; exemplifying care and commitment to patients, families, and colleagues; demonstrating leadership; facilitating growth and development of others; and contributing to the overall achievement of outcomes in the practice setting.
“We are very pleased to have six of our nurses receiving this distinguished award this year. These nurses go above and beyond expectations every day and we are very proud of each of them,” said Cindy Rohman, RN, MS, CNAA/BC, Director of Nursing at Lexington Medical Center.
Lexington Medical Center’s 2013 Palmetto Gold Winners:
Virginia Hall, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Mentor, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Virginia is committed to the educational and professional development of students and peers. As the principal author for the Beacon Award application for critical care units, her unit received this prestigious award in December 2011.
Walter Bradley Harman Jr., RN, MBS, CRNA, Staff CRNA
Brad serves as the clinical coordinator for anesthesia students from the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, he coordinates morning case clinical discussions on evidence-based anesthesia practice with students and other CRNAs.
James W. Jeffcoat, MSN, RN-BC, Outcomes Coordinator
James organized Lexington County’s first STEMI response program in conjunction with area EMS agencies, community medical centers and physician practices, reducing the hospital’s door-to-balloon times by 46%. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a clinical nursing instructor for the University of South Carolina, he is a certified cardiovascular nurse who has received the LMC Gold award.
Lori T. Sutton, Staff RN
Lori is an example of expert practice and clinical curiosity. She has a desire for uncovering best practices and, as a result, has completed one published research study on the use of warmed cotton blankets that resulted in an organizational blanket warmer policy change.
Shannon M. Turner, BSN, CEN, Clinical Mentor, Emergency Department
Shannon displays professionalism and excellence daily through her clinical expertise and positive attitude. An integral part of the Stroke Committee, she was instrumental in achieving Stroke Certification at LMC in August 2011.
Amanda J. Witdoeckt, RN, CCRN, Registered Nurse, MICU
Amanda leads by example with her positive attitude, compassionate care and support of co-workers. She goes the extra mile by mastering new therapies, and supporting her peers.
The diverse nursing staff at Lexington Medical Center is committed to caring not only for our patients, but also for each other. The collaborative medical staff values the nursing practice for its contribution to positive patient outcomes. The six nurses recognized this year come from service capacities, solidifying our priority of quality care in all areas of the hospital.