Bronson Battle Creek Presents Four Patient Care Assistants with Award for Excellence
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Published on June 26, 2017

Bronson Battle Creek Presents Four Patient Care Assistants with Award for Excellence

  • Sunshine Award Winners from BBC stand outside the hospital

From June 15 to 22, Bronson Healthcare celebrated National Nursing Assistant Week. Throughout the week, patient care assistants (PCAs) and technicians were honored for their outstanding contributions they make every day to providing exceptional healthcare experiences for every patient, every time. At Bronson Battle Creek, four nursing assistants were recognized with the Sunshine Award. The annual award recognizes nursing assistants who go above-and-beyond the call of duty to ensure our patients receive compassionate, high-quality care.

  • Jolyn Whitcomb, a PCA at the Fieldstone Center, was recognized with the Sunshine Award because of her compassion and willingness to advocate for her patient’s needs. “She takes time to really listen to patients and goes above-and-beyond to make sure they feel comfortable and cared for. She is also not afraid to advocate for our patients, always lets the nurses know if someone is in pain, and recommends non-pharmacological pain relief when she thinks it is an option. She is one of the most compassionate, loving and caring individuals I know.”

  • Purivi Kenney, a PCA on the oncology unit, received this award because of her dedication to providing compassionate, friendly care. “Purivi is top notch. She is extremely professional, caring, knowledgeable and pays attention to detail…She is one of a kind, works so hard, is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She goes above-and-beyond to make sure everyone is having a good day – no matter if they are a coworker or patient.”

  • Missy Hutchins, an obstetric (OB) technician on the labor and delivery unit, is known for helping the unit run like a well-oiled machine. “Missy helps everything run smoothly. She is a nurses’ ‘right hand.’ She is always ready to help out no matter what the need is…We are very blessed to have such a wonderful, smart, quick thinking and helpful tech like Missy."

  • Tracy Pollard, a PCA on the pre/post-operative unit, is the recipient of the 2017 Sunshine Award because of her ability to connect with her patients and their families, as well as her willingness and excitement to learn and help. “From the moment she arrives until it's time for her to go home, she is always busy helping patients and nurses. Tracy is helpful and knowledgeable. She has a wonderful gift of connecting with patients and their family to make their experience a great one.”

In addition to the four Bronson Battle Creek nursing assistants who were recognized with the Sunshine Award this year, additional nominees include: Nicole Thomason, Michelle Mathewson, Magen Kehoe, Colbi Myers, Michelle Holly, Gina Valela, Toni Curtis, Tonya Grevias–Smith, Jodie Wyatt, Courtney Adler, Dan Kudja and Melissa Brown.

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