Lake Charles, La. (June 24, 2011) – When Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) asked former patients to nominate exceptional nurses who exceeded expectations, the community responded by providing an incredible list of nurses.
Since 2009, the Patient Choice Award has recognized quality care, comfort and compassion offered by the nurses at WCH, and honors one nurse in particular. On Wednesday, June 22, Holiday Guillory, LPN was presented with the award at the annual Patient Choice Award dinner held at Pujo St. Café.
Guillory received an elegant crystal trophy, cash award, flowers and a certificate of appreciation. To add to the occasion, Sonny Lachney, the patient who nominated Guillory, along with his wife Dodie, made a special trip back to Lake Charles from Marksville, La.to surprise Guillory as she was presented with the award. “Holiday was our angel during his stay at Women & Children’s. We couldn’t have asked for better nursing care and since we have met her, she has been in our thoughts and prayers everyday,” said Dodie.
When asked how she felt about being the award recipient, Guillory said, “I was completely surprised to hear my name being called as the winner. I just felt happy enough being nominated, and when I saw the Lachneys walk into the room, I just couldn’t believe they were here!”
“Sometimes it’s just too hard to spotlight one nurse when there are so many nurses in our hospital doing an incredible job caring for our patients,” said Felicia Adams, chief nursing officer at WCH. “That’s why we ask patients to help us make the choice. They see the little things that matter so much on a very personal level. I’m extremely proud of the nurses that were nominated this year and consider it a privilege to work with all of them,” Adams added.
Seven additional nurses were nominated and recognized at the award dinner including Abby Hoffpauir, RN; Ashley Schexnider, RN; Christina Kratz, RN; Linda McBride, RN; Mindy Laughlin, LPN; Marie Burton, RN and 2009 Patient Choice Award Winner Roberta Palermo, RN.