Two UTHCT nurses honored with Nursing Excellence Awards

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

As part of its celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler expressed its appreciation to nurses by giving special Nursing Excellence Awards.

Jacki Pace, RN, received the Inpatient Nursing Excellence Award and Narda Lewis, RN, received the Outpatient Nursing Excellence Award, said Kleanthe Caruso, RN, MSN, vice president for Patient Care Operations and chief nursing officer at UT Health Science Center. Pace is a registered nurse on 6 East of the UTHSCT hospital wing, and Lewis is a registered nurse in the Surgery Clinic in the Riter Center for Advanced Medicine.

“Although all the nurses at the Health Center are excellent, these two individuals were nominated and selected by their peers as the award winners this year. I congratulate them on this special recognition,” Caruso said.

In addition, five nurses were finalists for the awards: Tracy Drake, RN, a nurse manager in the Infectious Disease Clinic and the Specialty Clinic; Kerry Scruggs, RN, an advanced practice nurse at the University Health Clinic; Sandra Fly, RN, director of Quality Services at UTHSCT; Sidney Peavy, LVN, an emergency medical technician and staff member on the Fifth Floor; and Sue Lindsey, RN, a staff nurse on the Sixth Floor.

The awards were given during a celebration luncheon held Wednesday, May 10, at the Health Center. The Nursing Excellence Award winners received a plaque, a monogrammed lab coat, and a preferred parking place for one year.

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