Sluder retires from SICU at Hamilton

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 Hazel Sluder, RN, recently retired Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). From left are Karen Norton, former SICU nurse at HMC; Sandra Killen, RN; Melanie Owens, RN, clinical manager on the surgical unit; Sluder; Joan Hughes, RN, clinical manager for the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at HMC; and Jennie Banks, RN, director of Critical Care at HMC.
Hazel Sluder, RN, recently retired Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). From left are Karen Norton, former SICU nurse at HMC; Sandra Killen, RN; Melanie Owens, RN, clinical manager on the surgical unit; Sluder; Joan Hughes, RN, clinical manager for the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at HMC; and Jennie Banks, RN, director of Critical Care at HMC.

DALTON, Ga.-Hazel Sluder, critical care registered nurse, recently retired after 25 years working at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), mostly in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). A reception was held at HMC in her honor.

“One word sums up Hazel: commitment,” said Andria Hicks, RN. “She’s committed to her patients, her family and her faith.”

Sluder joined HMC in 1987 as a nursing assistant for Hamilton Home Health. She briefly left HMC to finish nursing school and returned in 1988 as a nurse working on the General Medical Department. She transferred to the Westcott Beckler Unit in 1990 and then transferred to the SICU in 1995, where she stayed until her retirement.

“She (Sluder) has a calming effect on the patients, her coworkers, everyone,” said Jannie Jividen, RN. “She makes a pleasant working environment.

Pam Smith, RN, said Sluder is a fantastic nurse and has always made SICU a better unit. “She’s very dependable, and her sweet smile is contagious. She will be greatly missed,” Smith said.