LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Special honors for nursing and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center's Service Excellence Award for Universal Health Services give the hospital two special reasons to celebrate National Nursing Week and National Hospital Week.
Nurses Week is celebrated annually beginning May 6 on National Nurses Day through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, famed founder of modern nursing.
The Hospital Week theme is tied to the service excellence award achieved by the entire staff. Individual award winners recognized Monday include:
Janet Cline for critical care nursing;
Vian Prado for medical/surgical telemetry nursing;
Ruby Montefalcon for women's and children's services;
Dee Abrahamson for surgical services;
Leo Turenne for emergency services;
Dr. Pejman Farhang for friend of nursing;
Jared Sutton for nursing resource; and
Edwin Medina for partners in practice.
Every staff member will receive a special pin with a service excellence logo featuring a cubic zirconia to recognize the award along with a certificate citing the individual.
"The employees were ecstatic and honored to receive the most coveted award in Universal Health," said Jo Ann Dillon, human resources manager. "For this year we thought the award was a nice inspiration to celebrate the fact that we worked very hard to get this."
"Service excellence is the most coveted award in the company because it shows to the awardees how they have treated every single patient, every single physician, every single member of the community," said UHS CEO and board president Alan Miller when he presented the trophy.
When asked what service excellence recognition means from a physician's standpoint, Dr. Dan Lamar Jr. said:
"It's a great honor. The bottom line is that serviceis number one in this industry. Oftentimes the medic-al field is considered un-der-served in that regardso I think that patients feel like they're being managed and cared for appropriately."