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From Left: Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Mrs. Mindy Moore, 2009 Nurse of Distinction Recipient; Ann Downing, R.N., MS, WCA Hospital Vice President of Nursing Service; Pamela Meurer, R.N., BA, WCA Hospital Dialysis Program Nurse Manager and Mindy’s Supervisor.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, May 7, 2009)—WCA Hospital is proud to announce that Mindy Moore, RN, Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse at WCA, was named “2009 Nurse of Distinction” at a special breakfast held in recognition of National Nurses Week whose 2009 theme is Building A Healthier America

The distinguished tradition at WCA began in 1989 when Elaine Hoglin was selected the first “Nurse of Distinction”.

WCA Hospital awards the distinction to an outstanding Registered, Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Nurse who exemplifies the mission and vision of WCA Hospital.  The award is given to a nurse who displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for healthcare and the nursing profession; and is involved in his or her community.  The honoree is nominated and by his or her colleagues and selected by the Nurse of Distinction Committee comprised of recipients from previous years.

“Nurses are a vital part of our healthcare team,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “During National Nurses Week, we celebrate the commitment and dedication of the nursing profession and salute our staff for their dedication to providing excellent medical care to our patients and community.”

In announcing Mrs. Moore as this year’s recipient, Ann Downing, R.N., MS, Vice President of Nursing at WCA Hospital stated, “Mindy is a champion for her patients.  She is a patient advocate who possesses a calm, professional manner at all times.  Mindy always makes herself available to patients, their families, and co-workers and stays abreast of the latest news and education in the field of nursing. She truly has a rare gift of making patients feel better just by listening. We are very proud to recognize Mindy today for her outstanding devotion to our patients and the nursing profession.”

Moore was both honored and humbled to receive the distinction.  “I just don’t know what to say.  I have always enjoyed helping others and I am very honored by this recognition.”

Moore holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Jamestown Community College.  She is approved as a professional Clinical Level III Nurse at WCA Hospital.  Mindy volunteers with the Southern Tier Kidney Association and the National Kidney Association of western New York.  She is an active participant and volunteer for the Annual Kidney Walk and Poker Run, and a member of Zion Covenant Church.  Moore helps build a better world by sponsoring a child with World Vision.  She resides in Jamestown, New York, with her husband, Ken and has two grown children, Corry Moore and Jaime Wright and a granddaughter, Hailey.

Award finalists for the 2009 Nurse of Distinction were: Therese Tilling, R.N., Senior Staff Nurse, 3B; Timothy Pence, Senior Staff Nurse, Dialysis Program; Sandra Dole, Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Care; and Yvonne Fredrick, Senior Staff Nurse, Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program. 

Previous Nurse of Distinctions recipients include Elaine Hoglin, Julie Anderson, Mary Sue Pawlak, Michelle Benson, Carol Nelson, Kathleen Cayer, Sue Crytzer, Toni DeAngelo, Ruth Yancey-Walton, Joann Nelson, Joyce Devine, Sandra Gilebarto, Ralph Hamby, Karen Beck, Wendy Beckerink, Charity Carris, Donna Bryant, Jennifer Zabalo, and Mindy Moore.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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