Tender Touches Birthing Center nurse Pam Marin, RN is the Massena Memorial Hospital 2017 Nurse of Distinction. Marin was recognized for her consistent care shown for patients, reliability, work as a team player and team leader at the hospital. Marin was presented with a certificate and bouquet of flowers from Chief Executive Officer Robert Wolleben and Chief Nursing Executive Ralene North, RN, BSN, during the National Hospital and Nurses Week Kick-Off Celebration on Monday.
The annual Nurse of Distinction Award is presented to a member of the nursing staff who puts the needs of the patient first, is reliable and possesses a positive attitude. Marin was nominated for her “compassionate and caring” ways that are in comparable to others, the ability to ensure all team members deliver patients’ the best care possible and always going above and beyond for patients and other staff members. Marin, began her career at MMH in 1992. Today Marin is the Charge Nurse in the Maternity Unit and also handles nursing duties in the Emergency Department, Medical Surgical Pediatrics Unit and Nursing Office as a Nursing Supervisor.
On what North calls her Bucket Filling Week, she gets to hear all the great stories of MMH’s nursing staff providing wonderful care to our patients. “I am fortunate to lead such a special team and I respect all of your efforts and tireless hours,” North said. “Know you are making the world and especially this community better,” she said.
Dave MacLennan, Vice-Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Managers, noted nursing staff are the heart and soul of a hospital. Wolleben echoed MacLennan’s thoughts when he said, “MMH employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes is what makes Massena Memorial a living, breathing treasure to the community. Without our employees we could not provide the medical care that Massena residents deserve.”
Additional nursing staff nominated for this year’s Nurse of Distinction include: Amanda Ashley, RN; Megan Carr, RN; Brooke Hollister, RN; Beth Kellis, LPN; Theresa Knapp, RN; Eleanor LaBarge, LPN; Kristy LaPage, RN; Meghan McDonald, RN; Nicole Page, RN; James Wissman, RN and Bethany Yeddo, LPN.