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June 28, 2013
Pearl R. "Sammy" White, 91, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. Born July 14, 1921, in Martinsburg, W.Va., Sammy was the daughter of Paul and Pearl (Bohrer) Rider. She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., where she graduated from Hagerstown High School. She went on to graduate from the nursing program at Washington County Hospital as a registered nurse, and enlisted as an Army nurse in 1945. She was en route to the South Pacific when the war ended. After marrying Skip, her husband of 63 years, she moved to the Baltimore area, where she became a psychiatric nurse at Maryland's Rosewood State Hospital.
June 21, 2013
Nurse Tammy Arnold at NMS HealthCare on Marsh Pike in Hagerstown was honored May 13 by Hospice of Washington County for her excellence in caring for the NMS residents and their families.  Her role is unique in the nursing homes in this county as she educates, identifies needs, and oversees introducing patients and families to the benefits of hospice care.  In this way, she provides a consistent management of pain and symptoms for each resident...
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 20, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to offer Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for sale after listening to additional public comment on the issue. The three commissioners are expected to issue request-for-proposals documents to potential buyers of the county-owned nursing home on Franklin Farm Lane. The potential buyers will have four to five weeks to submit proposals for the 186-bed facility. The commissioners said they are not obligated to sell to the highest bidder, and can visit the buyers' existing facilities and evaluate their backgrounds.
June 16, 2013
Teresa Dienst, RN, was named Berkeley Medical Center's Quality Service Award winner for April. Each month, the hospital's Service Award Committee selects an employee to receive the award. Dienst, a clinical coordinator and staff nurse on the fifth-floor medical/surgical unit, was selected because of the excellent care she provides to her patients. “She is a positive role model and demonstrates teamwork consistently,” one of her co-workers wrote, adding, “Teresa is an exceptional nurse and leader, and goes above and beyond for her patients and co-workers.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 11, 2013
Buyers are being sought for the Franklin County-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A consultant for the Franklin County Commissioners has identified about 10 private companies that could be interested in acquiring the nursing home, which could sell for an estimated $6.5 million to $9.3 million based on market values of similar facilities. Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Franklin Farm Lane has 186 beds in shared rooms and 223 employees.
June 9, 2013
University Healthcare's Jefferson Medical Center named Kristy Brown, a registered nurse in the Special Care Unit, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the first half of 2013. The award was presented to Brown during a recent ceremony at the hospital. She received a certificate, along with a sculpture called “A Healer's Touch,” which was carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at University Healthcare's Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are being honored throughout the year with the award, which is being sponsored by the University Healthcare foundations.
May 31, 2013
In more than 10 years at Safe Place, Washington County's child advocacy center, forensic nurse Joyce Williams has seen her share of child-abuse injuries. “It's sad when you see the child, but, because of Safe Place, the child gets the help and resources they need,” said Williams, who along with Dr. Ruth Dwyer have performed more than 600 medical examinations on abused children from Washington County at Safe Place. Williams soon will leave the center to move to Malaysia to work on a special project with the Normah Specialist Medical Center.  “It's really bittersweet,” Williams said.
May 27, 2013
Hagerstown Community College recently held a nurse pinning ceremony to recognize graduates of its spring 2013 nursing class. In the associate degree nursing program, the following graduates received their nursing pins: Boonsboro - Jessica M. Deuel, Christina M. Scuderi, Catherine I. Szuchnicki, Jetta R. Williams Cascade - Carrie M. Messner Chambersburg, Pa. - Dustin R. Berklite, Matthew E. Hopkins, Catharine M. Kunkleman Clear Spring...
May 23, 2013
Hagerstown Community College will hold its fourth annual Quest for Excellence Nursing Simulation Conference on Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, in the Elliott Center on HCC's main campus. Sponsored by the Maryland Community Colleges Simulation Users Network, the  conference is intended for community college faculty, lab coordinators, lab technicians, and those working in nursing and allied health programs who are interested in incorporating simulation into their course curricula.
May 19, 2013
In celebration of National Nurses Week, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., named its winners of the Nursing Excellence Awards at a May 10 ceremony in the Byrd Center auditorium.  
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