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Olean General Hospital honors nurses

Posted on: 05/06/2016

printed in the Olean Times Herald - May 7, 2016

Olean General Hospital honored its nursing staff during the 14th annual Hilal Nursing Recognition Program May 6 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 Jack Bright, RN. Katie Blocher, RN, received the Outstanding RN, Barb Kottwitz, LPN, was named Outstanding LPN, and David Welch was selected as Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician.

“We congratulate Jack, Katie, Barb, and David 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 Nursing Recognition Program, where we honor our most distinguished nurses, is the highlight of our National Nurses Week celebration at Olean General Hospital,” said Jeff Zewe, senior vice president and chief operating officer, OGH. “Amid the fast paced hospital environment, we often don’t have the opportunity to take the time to reflect on all the good our nurses do. The Hilal reception is a great time to acknowledge and celebrate the difference that Olean General Hospital nurses make in our community.”

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

Nominees for the 2016 Nurse of Distinction Award included Shannon Barr, Jack Bright, Morgan Owens, Barb Walker, and Cindy Wickstrom. Nominees for the Outstanding RN included Katie Blocher, Anne Burke, Monica Knight, Andrea Mallery, Clara McGinnis, Micki Orcutt, Sue Schultz-Schena, Julie Schweikart, Bethany Territor, Lisa Watkins, and Melissa Webb. Nominees for Outstanding LPN included Patty Arakelian, Barb Kottwitz, Sharyl Palmeri, Ellen Rix, Bev Ryan, and Scott Stout. Nominees for Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician were Judy Haight, Diane Harvey, Tabitha Martial, David Welch, and Jackie Woods.

Pictured, from left, are Barb Kottwitz, LPN, Outstanding LPN Award; David Welch, Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician; Jack Bright, RN, Nurse of Distinction Award; Drs. Naheed and Ahmad Hilal and Katie Blocher, RN, Outstanding RN Award.

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