McLaren Bay Region recognizes excellence in nursing care

McLaren Bay Region recently recognized several nurses for exemplifying excellence in nursing during the 14th Annual McLaren Bay Region Nursing Excellence Awards, held Thursday, May 2.
 
“The Nursing Excellence recipients are nominated by their peers based on professionalism, excellence in nursing practice, education, leadership and community involvement,” said Sandy Garzell, McLaren Bay Region Director of Quality Improvement and Organizational Excellence. “They advocate for patients and families to provide a holistic plan of care.”
 
Awards are given to individuals who regularly assist with process changes, education and teamwork within their departments to continually improve the care provided to patients.

The 2019 award recipients are:
 
Brooke Getty, RN – Nursing Excellence
Getty has been a registered nurse for 12 years, and has earned her Clinical Ladder IV achievement. She works in the emergency department and is a member of the Nursing Practice Council and serves as a member of the stroke workgroup at McLaren Bay Region. Getty is known as a team leader within her department as she works to provide evidence-based care to her patients.
 
Lisa Kukla, RN – Nursing Excellence
Kukla has worked at McLaren Bay Region for over 27 years after obtaining her BSN degree in 1993, and has achieved Clinical Ladder IV status. She works in the OB/women’s health department, and her commitment to quality care is evident by her active participation in Michigan Hospital Association/Keystone Obstetrics. Kukla is known for her passion for nursing care changes that lead to improved patient care outcomes.
 
Charlene Mayotte, RN – Nursing Excellence
Mayotte has been with McLaren Bay Region for over 40 years, where she has worked in neurology/urology, inpatient rehab and as a case manager. She is the first person nurses go to for the latest evidence-based information and is well respected by the medical staff. Mayotte is known as a caring, compassionate nurse who regularly advocates on behalf of her patients.
 
Adam Kusz, Certified Surgical Tech – Nursing Support Excellence
Kusz has been on the McLaren Bay Region team since 2007 and works in the operating room. As a member of a unit-based team, he gives regular input on work flows to improve efficiency. Kusz is known for being a knowledgeable team player with a solid work ethic who is well respected by physicians and staff.
 
“We have a team of exceptional nurses and nursing support staff, and we celebrate their dedication all year long,” said McLaren Bay Region Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Ellen Talbott. “We are proud to host this special event during Nurses’ Week to highlight a few individuals who were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond.”