Thursday, April 16, 2015

GBMC has the Top Nurses!

On Wednesday evening, I had the privilege of attending Baltimore magazine’s dinner reception saluting 50 of the region’s top nurses for their contributions to healthcare.  I am proud to say that the GBMC family was well represented with SEVEN of our registered nurses being recognized by their peers for outstanding care in FIVE of 18 different specialties.  Having our nurses represented (7/50 = 14% of the winners!) on this list is evidence of what we already knew – our HealthCare system has the best nurses!

Please join me in congratulating the following nurses:
Cynthia Arnold, CRNP Pediatrics/Neonatal
Amanda Hindle, RN Pediatrics/Neonatal
Jaclyn Mueller, RN Emergency Department
Marla Newmark, RN Pediatrics/Non-neonatal
Ganotong Tongprom, RN   Medical-Surgical Nursing
Carol Hay, RN – Gilchrist Hospice Care Hospice/Home Health/Palliative
Kristin Metzger, RN – Gilchrist Hospice Care Hospice/Home Health/Palliative

I’ve been at GBMC for almost five years and I have learned how talented and hard working our nurses are.  I’ve also had the opportunity to see, each and every day, their true dedication to our patients and our vision.  Our nurses and nursing support technicians are the face of GBMC. They spend the most time with our patients and are critically important members of the healthcare team. Their untiring work in improving patient safety and redesigning systems to improve care has been remarkable.

Once again, congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication!

The inaugural “Top Nurses” issue will hit the newsstands soon.  Please make sure you grab your copy!

This week we are celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week. As you may know, with more than 900 volunteers in the hospital and at Gilchrist Hospice Care, GBMC has one of the largest volunteer auxiliaries in Maryland.  Over the last 50 years, our volunteers have donated more than 2.4 million hours of service and raised more than 20 million dollars to support patient care at GBMC.

I must admit, we have the best group of volunteers in the state.  I am always struck by how, to the average person, they seem so joyful in their service to our patients.  I meet them in our hallways and by the front desk, but, no matter where I walk within our hospital, I am proud to say that I am always greeted by at least 3 or 4 smiling volunteers.

I am so grateful for all that they do, from the smiles they share, to their dedication and commitment to our health system and our patients. Please take the time to say “thank you” for all they do.

Speaking of Baltimore magazine:  That’s right! It's that time again - Baltimore magazine is collecting votes for its best selling TOP DOCTORS issue.  Please vote for the doctors you most respect!  Remember, Top Doctors voting is done by physicians only.  The survey may be found at:

Join the GBMC 50th Team for the Baltimore Aids Walk & Run on Sun., May 3rd
I am still looking for GBMC colleagues to join team GBMC 50th.  This squad is slated to participate in the AIDS Walk & Run on Sun., May 3rd.  The walk and 5K run is taking place at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to raise money for AIDS awareness and testing.  Again, please consider coming out and walking or running with me as another fun way to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and give back to our community.  If you want to get some exercise that morning or lend financial support (or both!), click on this link and follow the directions under “Join a Team”:

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