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Olean General Hospital honors nurses

Posted on: 05/11/2018

Pictured, from left, are Melody Stuckey, RN; Rebecca Gilbert-Louser, technician; Dr. Naheed Hilal; Dr. Ahmad Hilal; Mickey Forness, RN; Lori Hamed, RN; Carrie Chapman, LPN.


Olean General Hospital honored its nursing staff during the 16th annual Hilal Nursing Recognition Program May 11 in conjunction with the hospital’s National Nurses Week activities.

This event has been sponsored since 2005 by Drs. Ahmad and Naheed Hilal as an expression of their profound appreciation of the important work that nurses perform on a daily basis. The event honors a Nurse of Distinction, an Outstanding RN and LPN and an Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician at OGH.

The hospital presented its Nurse of Distinction Award to Melody Stuckey, RN, and Nurse of Distinction in Education Award to Mickey Forness, RN. Lori Hamed, RN, received the Outstanding Staff Nurse Award, Carrie Chapman, LPN, was named Outstanding LPN, and Rebecca Gilbert-Louser, technician, was selected as Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician.

Stuckey and Forness were also nominees for the Western New York Professional Nurses Association Nurse of Distinction Award. Along with nurses from all Kaleida Health facilities, they were recognized in the May 6 edition of the Buffalo News and will be recognized at a dinner June 7 in Buffalo.

“We congratulate Melody, Mickey, Lori, Carrie and Rebecca and for their outstanding performance,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and Olean General Hospital. “These nurses each demonstrate exemplary leadership, compassion, and dedication. We thank them, and all of our nurses, for helping our hospital fulfill its mission of providing excellent care to those we serve.”

“The Hilal reception is the culmination of our Nurses’ Week celebration,” said Vi-Anne Antrum, vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer, OGH. “I am proud of the exceptional care provided by our nursing staff every single day in this community. I offer special congratulations to all of our nominees and our winners, Melody, Mickey, Lori, Carrie and Rebecca. Olean General Hospital is blessed with an incredibly compassionate team. I am grateful to Drs. Hilal and Hilal for their generosity, kindness, and support today and always. Happy Nurses Week to all of the dedicated nurses serving their communities, especially our own.”

“We are very proud of our nurses and the hard work, dedication, and caring that they give our patients each and every day,” said Denise O’Neil, senior director, patient care services, OGH.

Nominees for the 2018 Nurse of Distinction Award included Elizabeth Barry, RN, Rhonda Chamberlain, RN, Tina Gould, RN, Karen McGovern-Graham, RN, Tenisha Murphy, RN, Jennifer Ruggles, RN, Karen Sleeman, NP, Kristie Snow-Baxter, RN, Melody Stuckey, RN, Michelle Wooten, NP.

Nominees for the 2018 Nurse of Distinction in Education Award included Heather Faulkner, RN, Mickey Forness, RN, Francesca Parry, RN, Barbara Walker, RN.

Nominees for the Outstanding Staff Nurse included Rhonda Chamberlain, RN, John Farris, RN, Brandace Gaylor, RN, Tina Gould, RN, Lori Hamed, RN, Roger Johnson, RN, Sue Schultz-Schena, RN, Laurie Stewart, RN, Pamela Todd, RN, Melissa Webb, RN.

Nominees for Outstanding LPN included Carrie Chapman, LPN, and Jamie Higley, LPN.

Nominees for Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician were Sandra Capito, NA, Rebecca Gilbert-Louser, technician, Joanne Lipka, NA, and Martha Luce, NA.

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