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MUSC Health Marion Medical Center names Nurse of the Year

MUSC Health Marion Medical Center names Nurse of the Year

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MULLINS, S.C. — MUSC Health Marion Medical Center celebrates Nursing Week with a celebratory breakfast and annual nursing awards Wednesday.

Chief Nursing Officer Linda Parnell said the event also pays tribute to Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing.

“Today is Florence Nightingale’s birthday and she dedicated her life to service in the Crimean War,” Parnell said. “Every year on this day we honor extraordinary nurses that have the same character as she does.”

More than a dozen nurses were presented awards. Parnell said the nursing team met unique challenges this past year.

“I’m just so proud of them,” Parnell said. “During the COVID-19 pandemic they continued to be dependable, reliable, demonstrate compassion everyday and they just were awesome.”

Debra Clark was named Organizational Nurse of the Year for 2021.

“She is one of our first Daisy Award winners and on commercials for the hospital,” Parnell said of Clark. “She is recognized constantly in her department and throughout the facility. I can’t say enough of about her attributes and characteristics, which all exemplify an extraordinary nurse.”

MUSC Health Marion Medical Center Nursing Awards Quality Award – Doris Cook

GEM Award – Shannon Stevens, Shannon Hardwick and Elneita Brunson

Patient Satisfaction Award — Ola Barr and Elneita Brunson

Nurse Rookie of the Year — Brooke Floyd and Whitney Hewitt

ED Nurse of the Year — Katelyn Shuck

ICU Nurse of the Year — Jennifer Turner

Med-Surg Nurse of the Year — Rachel Grainger

Swing Bed (LPN) Nurse of the Year —Francesca McNeil

Surgical Service Nurse of the Year — Crystal Lupo

Ambulatory Surgery NOY — Erica Tindall

Nurse Hero 2021 — Alisha Davenport

Daisy Award Winner 1st quarter — Ola Barr

Nurse of the Year — Debra Clark


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Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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