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Pa. hospitals name nurses of the year

May 25, 2007|by DON AINES and JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Nearly losing a foot in an accident 30 years ago led Minna Pulgar to become a nurse, while it was a second career for Barb Kolanowski, both of whom were named Chambersburg Hospital Nurses of the Year this month.

Their Summit Health system colleague Jill Phinicie was named Waynesboro Hospital's Nurse of the Year.

"I was a patient here back in 1967 and I had excellent care," said Pulgar, named the Licensed Practical Nurse of the year at a ceremony in Chambersburg Hospital.

Her foot, nearly severed in a tractor accident, was reattached and she was inspired by the care she received from a nurse, Vicki Rhodes, to take up the profession 19 years ago, currently as a critical care nurse.

Kolanowski, the Registered Nurse of the Year in Chambersburg, said she spent five years as a high school teacher before switching careers. Patty Diehl, now an emergency room nurse, was her mentor, she said.

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Pulgar was among four nominees among 75 LPNs at the hospital for the 18th Annual Nurses' Recognition Day. Kolanowski, a nurse for 17 years, topped the list of 15 nominees for RN of the Year.

Chambersburg Hospital has 75 LPNs and 330 RNs, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"I know you're not in this business for recognition," Dr. Peter Jablin said.

Phinicie, a Rouzerville, Pa., resident has been a LPN at Waynesboro Hospital for 15 years.

"The patients are what keep you going," said Phinicie, who completed the nursing program at the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center.

She now sees patients during the day on the med-surg floor, which serves people with both medical and surgical needs.

"From the patient perspective, it's the little things that matter," said Dr. Sohael Raschid. "You are the passionate face for us."

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