McLeod announces 2016 Nurses of the Year
McLeod Regional Medical Center announces its 2016 Registered Nurse (RN), and Nursing Assistant of the Year Award recipients: Fernando Solis, RN and Stephanie Miles, Medical Surgical Technician. The winners were recognized on May 12 during a special ceremony and McLeod celebration in conjunction with National Nurses Week.
“Being selected as a Nurse of the Year is a very honorable recognition,” said Tony Derrick, Chief Nursing Officer for McLeod Regional Medical Center. “Today’s celebration is about ‘Honoring our Legacy and Embracing our Future’. We respect our legacy because they set the ground work for where nursing is today.
But today we recognize those nurses whose strength, wisdom, and caring will lead us into our future.” Fernando Solis is a Registered Nurse in the Coronary Care Unit in the Critical Care Tower. He began his career with McLeod three years ago as a Nurse Extern before receiving his nursing education from Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Solis is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Solis resides in Lake City with his wife Amber. “Fernando is always there to help in any situation,” said Curt Keefe, Nursing Director. “Whether it is to help a tech with a bath or another nurse in caring for a patient it is always done with a compassionate heart. And all the while a smile is on his face.
Not only is he beloved by his coworkers, but he is adored and appreciated by his patients and their families as well. He goes above and beyond to make sure each patient is treated like they are his only patient for the day.” “I wasn’t expecting to be given this great honor,” said Solis. “But I am blessed to have a great team to work with.” Stephanie Miles is a Medical Surgical Technician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
She has been with McLeod for eight years and has a long term career goal of achieving her registered nursing degree. She currently resides in Effingham. “Stephanie goes above and beyond in her duties,” said Nicky Littlejohn, Nursing Director. “She demonstrates initiative through knowing what our unit and patient needs are without having to be asked. This employee is a hard worker and cares about our patients, their families and her coworkers. She is a joy to work with.”
“Five years ago when my mother was under McLeod Hospice Care, the NICU Team really were there for me,” said Miles. “They are like my second family and I am honored that they selected me for the Nursing Assistant of the Year.” “A McLeod Nurse does not do what they do for the recognition; they do it for the patients,” said Derrick.
“Everyday I am awed by what our nurses can accomplish. Our outcomes prove what excellent care our patients receive. As the Chief Nursing Officer, I am so impressed with their quality work and daily dedication. I believe we have some of the best nurses in the world here at McLeod.”