McCready Health PEARLS Award Winners for October 2016 Announced

McCready nurses Virginia “Jeni” Russell, LPN, and Jamie Swift, LPN, received McCready’s PEARLS recognition award for October 2016.The nurses were nominated for the award after they used their own money to purchase pumpkins for residents of the Alice B. Tawes Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and helping the residents to carve them. Russell and Swift also purchased cookies for the residents to enjoy.

“Every day, they demonstrate how much they care about our residents, and this act in particular really showed how much they care. Our residents enjoyed the activity very much; it was very special,” said Director of Nursing Susan Bradshaw, RN.

A 14-year McCready employee, Russell lives in Onancock, Va. She has served the majority of her career in the Rehabilitation Center, and also worked for several years in the McCready Outpatient Center with Dr. Atkins. Russell has served as a mentor to Swift, of Crisfield, since Swift began working in the nursing home in September 2016 after receiving her LPN. While she was in nursing school, Swift worked in the Activities Department at Tawes, where she was able to work with and connect with many of the residents while helping with special events and activities.

“This really means a lot to me as a new nurse and I’m honored to share it with Jeni because she’s such an awesome nurse,” Swift said. Providing excellent service comes naturally to Swift; her mother Donna also received the PEARL Award in August 2016.

“PEARLS” is an acronym for “Promoting Excellence And Recognizing Legendary Service.” Patients, residents and family members as well as McCready employees and volunteers are welcome to nominate a deserving associate by completing a PEARLS card. PEARLS cards and comment drop-boxes are located throughout the campus to collect all nominations.

As McCready Health’s latest recipients, Russell and Swift each received a framed certificate and a gift certificates. Their names were also added to the engraved plaque in the hospital honoring all monthly PEARLS.  Pictured with their awards are Swift, left, and Russell.

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