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Theme: Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care
Memorial Hospital Celebrates
National Nurses Week


This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care" as the theme for Nurses Week May 6 - 12, 2013. Nurses at Memorial Hospital make a tremendous difference in peopleís lives around the clock, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is the profession that is made up of dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions enjoying the many opportunities the nursing profession offers.

"We are proud of our nurses who give so much of themselves for others," said Jessica Wulff, RN, nurse manager of medical surgical, critical care and cardiac rehab services at Memorial Hospital. "Their commitment to our hospital and patients does not go unnoticed and they are truly appreciated. Nursing is an extraordinary profession as nurses merge the science of healthcare with the art of caring."

Nurses have extensive knowledge in the science of the human body but then extend this knowledge into caring compassionately for patients every day. There is a strong demand for nurses today. Career opportunities are excellent and job possibilities are numerous.

Nurses provide patient care and support in many settings at Memorial Hospital including: medical/surgical, critical care, emergency room, obstetrics, surgical, long-term care, cardiac rehabilitation, home health and hospice, pharmacy, information technology, discharge planning and performance improvement.

National Nurses Week at Memorial Hospital featured a themed basket raffle among the employees. Baskets were donated by individuals and departments at the hospital. Proceeds for the raffle are to benefit a Memorial Hospital family during the Christmas holidays.

A spokesman from the hospital adds: "Nurses at Memorial Hospital embrace the hospitalís mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing quality healthcare services with integrity and professionalism, in a safe, caring and financially responsible manner, while maintaining the dignity of our patients and residents."

For more information about Memorial Hospital, log on to www.memorialhospital.org.


Surgical and Obstetrical Nurses Earn Promotions

Rebecca Bellows
Rebecca Bellows, RN, BSN
Perioperative Nurse Manager


Becky Bellows, RN, BSN, has been promoted to serve at Memorial Hospital as the Perioperative Nurse Manger for all surgical services including same-day surgery.

Becky graduated from the Mansfield University School of Nursing in 1999. "I very much enjoy working in the medical field," Becky says. "It is rewarding to help people through the complex process of surgery and see them enjoy a healthier life as a result."

"I remember a patient who needed an emergency cesarean section to deliver her baby. The motherís blood pressure had skyrocketed. The baby would be a few weeks early. I was with the mother throughout the surgical delivery. It was incredible to share this experience with her and her husband; to have a part in reassuring and comforting her through the process," Becky said.

Becky says she and her staff recognize that everything they do needs to revolve around the patient and their needs. "The patient is always first," she says.

"I enjoy surgical nursing. Everything we do is curative, helping patients get better. As a nurse, it is satisfying to know we have made a difference," Becky says.

From pre-admission testing and diagnostic procedures, areas of surgery routinely performed at Memorial Hospital include: general surgery; diagnostic surgery; ear, nose and throat surgery; endoscopic procedures; laparoscopic surgery; ob-gyn surgeries; orthopedic surgery; thoracic surgery; vascular surgery and pain management treatments.

Becky and her husband Greg have two sons: ten-year-old Cameron and eight-year-old Weston. They live in LeRoy. Becky is very active in her community. She is the treasurer of the Canton Youth Football program and President of the LeRoy Little League. Greg is a little league coach. Beckyís family loves to participate in all kinds of sports. Her boys participate in football, baseball, wrestling and basketball. Becky and Greg are members of competitive adult volleyball and softball leagues.

Becky recently participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Scranton to benefit cancer charity organizations. This is a challenging 5k obstacle course infused with good old-fashioned mud.

Beckyís parents, Terry and Marti Detweiler own and operate the Barnstead Pantry in Troy. Mr. Detweiler works at Hoover Hardware and Do-It Center and is the local representative for NUDURA insulated concrete forms which are being used for the current construction project on the Memorial Hospital campus.

"Memorial Hospital is a great hospital with excellent technology and facilities," Becky says proudly. "I have a wonderful supportive family. I am blessed."

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Kirsten Case
Kirsten Case, RN
Maternity Center Nurse Manager


Kirsten Case, RN, has been promoted to serve at Memorial Hospital as the Maternity Center Nurse Manager.

Kirsten earned her nursing degree at the Elmira College and Arnot Ogden Medical Center School of Nursing in 1997. She was the President of her class and President of the student association. She graduated with honors.

"I love to care for people. I enjoy building a relationship with our patients," says Kirsten. "Itís about applying great medicine with friendly hands-on care in order to bond with the patient."

In her new leadership role, Kirsten hopes to inspire her staff by setting a caring and medically sound example. "I am determined," she says. "We want to care for the needs of every single patient every single time. Itís more than just completing tasks; itís all about taking care of the patient."

Kirsten is passionate about her work. "I am still profoundly touched by the birth of a child," she says. "It is a magical experience and I consider it a privilege to be a part of something so personal and beautiful."

"I recently had the opportunity to assist a new mother who delivered her fourth baby. What made this involvement extra special was that each of this momís babies was born here at Memorial Hospital and I have been there for each one," Kirsten said. "I am blessed knowing I had a part in helping her be the great mom that she is today."

Kirsten is always considering ways to connect with patients. "Studies have proven that the first hours after birth are a developmentally distinct time for a baby. There are well documented short and long term physical and psychological advantages when a baby is held skin to skin during this time," says Kirsten. "I am an advocate of skin to skin contact immediately following birth. Babies are warmer. Babies are calmer. Babies can hear their motherís heartbeat. Skin to skin is a priceless bonding time for baby and mother."

Kirsten and her husband Scott have been married for 23 years. They live in Troy. They have four children: twenty-two-year-old Chad; twelve-year-old twin girls Katie and Kendell; and ten-year-old Jacob. Kirsten is a longstanding member of the Troy American Legion Post 49 auxiliary. Kirsten and Scott enjoy spending time with their family and are often seen supporting them at sporting events such as soccer and baseball.

"Oh, and did I mention that I love to shop!" Kirsten said. "Just ask my husband!"

Kirsten says she loves living and working in a small community. "You just canít beat the advantages of a close-knit community," she said. "I often see former patients and families at the grocery store for example. We share hugs and catch up on family happenings. This is a neighborly place to call home. I am blessed."

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MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL
Press Release
May 7, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444