PMH celebrates National Hospital Week

May 20, 2009
Employees of Pender Memorial Hospital enjoyed a much deserved pat on the back during overlapping National Nurses and National Hospital weeks from May 6 through May 16.

“The staff members at Pender Memorial who meet the daily health care needs of this community are a committed, compassionate group of individuals united by their calling to help others,” said David Long, PMH administrator. “Health care is constantly changing to meet new challenges, but our commitment to service and quality is steadfast. It is important that we carve out time to celebrate our successes and show our appreciation for all that our employees do each and every day.”

To show appreciation for the hard work that the hospital employees do to provide high quality health care to the community, fun activities were scheduled throughout the week, including a cake and ice cream social and a special reception to recognize those employees (listed below) who have hit milestones in years of service at Pender Memorial.

5 Years
Kimberly Basden
Brenda Carney
Sherry Comentale
Maureen Drake
Daisy Dwiggins
Kimberly Overton
Stephanie Rhodes
Nellie Marie Swain
Stephanie Thomas

10 Years
Patrick Bourne
Nancy Ellison
Essie Grover
Ellen James
Lizine Lewis
Rosa Smith

15 Years
Shirley Benton
Judy Blanchard
Peggy Dale
Anna Eubanks
Patty Powell
Marcia Powers
Hilda Sholar
Candace Wells

20 Years
Mary Farrior
Catherine Jones
John Smith

40 Years
Esther Walker

Ms. Esther Walker started working at the hospital in 1969 and has spent her 40 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. “It’s just like being at home,” said Ms. Walker. “I really love it. I just love taking care of the patients.”

During Nurses Week, all hospital staff voted on the nurse and nursing assistant who best exemplify the hospital’s standards of performance in ownership, professionalism, communication, teamwork and service. For the second year in a row, Diane Healy, RN, on the Inpatient Unit was honored with the top nursing award by her peers. Jennifer Cottle, CNA, also on the Inpatient Unit, was voted as the top nursing assistant. Cathy Bartlett-Thompkins, RN, in the Emergency Department and Kristina Alligood, CNA, in the Emergency Department received honorable mentions.

National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6, National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The first National Hospital Day was held on May 12, 1921, and expanded to an entire week in 1953.

Pender Memorial Hospital is one of the largest employers in Pender County with more than 280 nurses, allied health professionals and support staff. If you are interested in a career at Pender Memorial Hospital, please visit for a list of all current job openings.

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