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Morning News plans to honor Pee Dee nurses

Morning News plans to honor Pee Dee nurses

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The Morning News is partnering with McLeod Health to honor the Pee Dee’s nurses, who have faced more challenges in the past year than ever before because of COVID-19.

“With national Nurses Week coming in May, we want to give our community the opportunity to collectively celebrate our friends, family and colleagues in the nursing profession” said Matthew Tranquill, the general manager of the Morning News.

The Morning News is asking its readers to share their stories about nurses who have had an impact on their lives and nominate them for recognition. Ten nurses will be selected to receive a plaque and a gift basket in honor of their service. Nine will be chosen by a panel of judges and one by a vote of the community.

All nurses in the Pee Dee are eligible, regardless of who employs them or what type of health care setting they work in, whether it be a hospital, medical clinic, dentist’s office, assisted living facility, nursing home, school or home health service.

Nominations are open and will run through March 17, with the public voting to take place March 18-25. The winners will be highlighted in a special section titled “Celebrate Nurses” to be published in the Morning News and available on on May 9. McLeod Health is the presenting sponsor of year’s “Nurses-The Heart of Health Care” series. MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center and Sonoco are supporting sponsors.

“In addition to the plaque and gift basket, we will have videos available on once the honorees are published,” Tranquill added. “We look forward to reading all of the touching stories. The panel will have its work cut out for them to determine the honorees from what we know will be such a deserving pool of nominees.”

Nominations can be made at


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