Heritage Valley Announces Cameos of Caring Awardees

Heritage Valley Health System announces the 2019 Cameos of Caring Awardees as Abbey Inches, RN, PRN Pool at Heritage Valley Sewickley, Nancy Johnson, RN, IV Therapy Department at Heritage Valley Beaver, and Christine Duran, RN, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Ohio Valley Hospital.

The Cameo of Caring Program & Awards was established in 1999 in keeping with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s commitment to the advancement and promotion of the nursing profession. The Cameos of Caring Award honors exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to consistent, evidence-based clinical decision-making and excellence in nursing care; serve as an effective advocate for patients and their families; encourage and motivate others, and be recognized as a role model for the profession of nursing; practice nursing involving direct patient care; be a licensed RN and be a direct employee of the hospital.

Abbey Inches, RN works as part of the PRN Pool at Heritage Valley Sewickley. As a float nurse, Abbey enjoys helping patients that are in the hospital for a variety of reasons. Her goal is to always make patients and their families feel less scared and inspire confidence that they are receiving the highest quality care. “When I discharge someone home or to rehab because they have reached the set goals, and I get a handshake or a hug, I know I have done what I set out to do,” said Abbey. “That, to me, is the most satisfying.” Abbey is also a member of the Heritage Valley Sewickley Customer Experience Team. “I feel we can advocate for our profession and get back to the fundamental element of nursing, which is giving the safest and best care to our patients,” added Abbey.    

 

Nancy Johnson, RN, currently works as a part of the IV Therapy Department at Heritage Valley Beaver. Nancy has grown her career substantially over the past 25 years. She is PICC Line certified and chemotherapy certified and has helped develop current guidelines and policies for the hospital. Nancy has also used her talents outside of the hospital as a certified respite nurse at Camp Woodlands and a CPR instructor for the Red Cross. Nancy feels the most satisfying part of her job is making a significant difference in people’s lives by coordinating and implementing treatment plans for acute and chronically ill patients. “Every day there is a special story. I am a nurse and my care changes lives,” said Nancy. One of her favorite quotes is “People will forget what you said; they will forget what you did; but they will never forget how you made them feel.”  

Christine Duran, RN, works on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Ohio Valley Hospital. She graduated from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 2015 and at graduation was the recipient of the Ronita DiClemente Nursing Award based upon her strong academic performance, enthusiasm, and motivation while completing the program, development of critical thinking and clinical judgment and professional representation of the hospital and program. The most satisfying part of Christine’s nursing career is seeing patients smile when they are feeling better and knowing they were able to get strong enough to go home safely after being in the unit. She enjoys getting to know patients and their families and develops genuine relationships as she cares for them and helps them through the healing process.  

“Heritage Valley is fortunate to have highly skilled and dedicated nurses at all of our locations,” said Linda Homyk, MSN, BSN, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Care Services at Heritage Valley Health System. “Abbey, Nancy and Christine are excellent nurses who are committed to patient care and promoting the nursing profession. We’re proud to have them as Cameos of Caring awardees this year.”

Abbey, Nancy and Christine will be honored at the 21st Annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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About Heritage Valley Health System

Heritage Valley Health System is a $535 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 4,100 employees and more than 630 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its three hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley, Heritage Valley Beaver and Ohio Valley Hospital; in 55 physician offices; and more than 21 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.