2015 “Cameos of Caring” awarded to MVH nurses

In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt (right), senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt (right), senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit.

Each year, Monongahela Valley Hospital honors its nurses in early May to coincide with both National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and the birthday of Florence Nightingale – the founder of modern nursing.

MVH hosted a Nurse Appreciation Day Breakfast on May 7 to celebrate and thank its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2015 Cameos of Caring® Award to Crystal Harvey, a registered nurse on the Behavioral Health Unit.

The prestigious Cameos of Caring Awards are presented annually by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing to honor exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals. Nurses throughout Western Pennsylvania nominate their co-workers who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families and embody the essence of the nursing profession.

In nominating his colleague, Crystal Harvey, for the award, John Hartman, RN, wrote:

“Crystal is a model nurse who has a keen eye and a strong sense of responsibility. As a patient advocate, she will encourage a family meeting during treatment and is excellent at providing support and education to our families,” he said.

Mr. Hartman added that Crystal receives many phone calls from former patients and their families to thank her for her patience and understanding.

“She is cool and collected in the face of any crisis situations and is able to diffuse situations in a quick and concise manner. As a co-worker, when you are having a good day, she will always encourage you,” he said. “Likewise, if you are having a problem, she is always there to provide support and assistance. Not only is she a preceptor and an educator to all of us, she does it all with a smile. When we work with Crystal, we know that it will be a great day because she makes us laugh and be happy.”

She thanked her co-workers and said that she was 20 when she started working at MVH.

“I’ve had a lot of rewarding experiences over the last 25 years and they’re all near and dear to my heart,” said the West Newton resident, wife and mother of three.

Ms. Harvey will be recognized with the Cameos of Caring awardees from the other hospitals in the region during a dinner in the fall.

Walter Cox, M.D., president of the MVH Medical Staff, told the nurses gathered that they deserve recognition every day, not just once a year at the annual Nurse Appreciation Day breakfast.

Fourteen other MVH nurses were nominated for the Cameos of Caring Award.

  • Sheila Amati, RN, Emergency Department
  • Dyann Bury, RN, SameDay Surgery
  • Yvonne Daniels, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Holly Giordano, 6-E
  • Julie Henry, RN, Operating Room
  • Keisha Jones, RN, Mon-Vale Oncology
  • Wendy Kraemer, RN, 7-East
  • Stephanie Obusek, RN, Coronary Care Unit
  • Jamie Simon, RN, 5-West Angela Smida, RN, 6-West
  • Kristen Walters, RN, 5-East Orthopedic Institute
  • Jeanette Weeks, RN, 7-West
  • Margaret Wheeler, RN, 4-Progressive Care Unit
  • Laura Young, RN, Intensive Care

“I want to congratulate all of the nurses who are being recognized by their peers,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing Mary Lou Murt.

At the Nurse Appreciation Breakfast, those gathered also thanked the family of the late Norman and Florence Golumb, who established an endowment for nursing education.

Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. examines the Intensive Care Unit quilt square that incorporated colorful medicine bottle caps. The quilt will be on display in the hospital lobby.

Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. examines the Intensive Care Unit quilt square that incorporated colorful medicine bottle caps. The quilt will be on display in the hospital lobby.

On display was a hand crafted MVH quilt. Each nursing department created a square, which was then assembled and quilted together by Critical Care Unit Clerk Jackie Ingram. The quilt will be put on display in the hospital lobby.

President and CEO Louis J. Panza said that the quilt is the perfect metaphor for how well the nurses in all the departments work together and how much creativity, resourcefulness, team effort and attention to detail they have to give our patients such excellent care.

“You are absolutely amazing together,” he said.

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