The Hamilton Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recognized Neonatal Nurses Day on Sept. 15 to celebrate and honor the service of neonatal nurses. Neonatal Nurses Day was established in 2000 by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), and is celebrated every year on Sept. 15. Some of Hamilton’s NICU nurses are pictured. In the front, from left, are Brandy Elder and Kelly Mullis. In the back are Amanda Starks, Jodi Spitler and Nikki Pasley (clinical manager).
Brandy Elder, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the 2018 Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award.
Elder received the Heart of Hamilton Award in early 2018 and qualified for the Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award. She was nominated for the award for exceeding performance expectations by supporting a new co-worker
Elder was orienting a nurse who was new to the organization and to the country. Other than her husband and young child, the nurse had no family in the area. Her husband suddenly became very sick and was unable to take care of their child while the nurse was working.
Elder stayed after work with the nurse to comfort and support her and then offered to stay at the nurse’s home to try to make the child feel as comfortable as possible.
The Heart of Hamilton Award is provided as a way to recognize Hamilton associates or volunteers for actions that truly demonstrate the “Heart of Hamilton” (serving with compassion through professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence and excellence).
“Brandy certainly went above and beyond in her support of a co-worker,” said Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director. “It’s heartwarming to see and hear about that kind of dedication.”
Hamilton Health Care System focuses on serving with compassion. Through professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence and excellence, associates and volunteers demonstrate their commitment to the people of the community. When associates and volunteers go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of patients, family members, guests or other associates and volunteers, Hamilton is committed to recognizing their extraordinary actions. The Hamilton Heart Honoree of the Year Award recognizes one of the outstanding recipients of the Heart of Hamilton Award.