Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Nursing Awards recently paid tribute to the recipients of several nursing awards and scholarships. The program was held on Good Shepherd’s Allentown campus, and presentations were made by John Kristel, MBA, MPT, president & CEO, and Sam Miranda, MS, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer.
Marelise Grobler, RN, CRRN, of Fogelsville and who works at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital  in Allentown, was honored with the Women’s Circle Scholarship. Kimberley Livigne, RN, CRRN, of Effort and who works at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center , received the Oberly-Allen Scholarship. Grobler is pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) at Cedar Crest College, and Livigne will be pursuing her BSN through Kaplan University.
The Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships was established to honor the legacy of Good Shepherd co-founder D. Estella Raker. That legacy was consistently modeled by former Good Shepherd head nurses Elizabeth Oberly and Evelyn Allen. Significant gifts for the scholarships were received this year from the Breidegam Family Foundation and the Richard Fleming Family Foundation, and a grant was received from the Mike Caruso Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.
Daisy Awards for Extraordinary Nurses were presented to Nagwa Abdel-All, RN, of Mount Pocono and who works at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center, and Janice (Jan) Hoffman, RN, CRRN, of Allentown and the Rehabilitation Hospital. Hoffman was also honored with the Rose Marie Kroboth, RN, Award for Excellence in Neurorehabilitation Nursing, and Lorillie Soleta, MSN, CRRN, of Salisbury Township was presented with the Chief Nursing Officer Certificate of Achievement Award for her contributions to the enhancement of nursing education at Good Shepherd.
The Daisy Awards acknowledge the compassionate and excellence in clinical care exhibited by Good Shepherd Nursing staff. The national award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family created the award in recognition of the clinical skills, care and compassion Patrick received from his nurses.
“The importance of supporting nursing education is a strong component of Good Shepherd’s core values, which provide exceptional levels of expertise and rehabilitation services for patients,” says Miranda. “Highly qualified nurses lead to better patient care, patient satisfaction and continued excellent accreditation rankings.”