First Nursing Awards Ceremony Held

May 7, 2014

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Good Shepherd's Nursing Awards Celebration, attended by about 50 associates, Women's Circle members and donors, was an emotional and joyous event that paid tribute to the winners of the first Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships, the Daisy Award and two additional special awards. The program was held Tuesday, May 6, on Good Shepherd's south Allentown campus with presentations by John Kristel, president & CEO, and Sam Miranda, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer.

Marelise Grobler, RN, CRRN, who works at the Rehabilitation Hospital, was honored with the Women's Circle Scholarship, and Kimberley Livigne, RN, CRRN, who works at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center, received the Oberly-Allen Scholarship. Marelise is pursuing her BSN at Cedar Crest College and Kimberley is pursuing her BSN through Kaplan University.

Daisy Awards for Extraordinary Nurses were presented to Nagwa Abdel-All, RN, who works at Good Shepherd-Pocono, and Janice (Jan) Hoffman, RN, CRRN, Rehabilitation Hospital. The Daisy Awards acknowledge the compassionate and excellence in clinical care exhibited by Good Shepherd nNursing staff. Nominations were submitted by staff and patients.

Nagwa was unable to attend the ceremony due to a hospitalization, but she was notified by the award via phone as part of the ceremony, which evoked an emotional response from Nagwa and those attending the ceremony.

Jan was also honored with the Rose Marie Kroboth, RN, Award for Excellence in Neurorehabilitation Nursing, and Lorillie Soleta, MSN, CRRN, was presented with the Chief Nursing Officer Certificate of Achievement Award for her contributions to the enhancement of nursing education at Good Shepherd. Lorillie shared her personal story of how she came from a very poor family in the Philippines who had to scrape together money to send her to nursing school.

The Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships was established to honor the founding legacy of D. Estella Raker that was consistently modeled by head nurses Elizabeth Oberly and Evelyn Allen during their tenure. Donors are vital to sustaining the endowment. In 2014, significant gifts were received from the Breidegam Family Foundation, the Richard Fleming Family Foundation and a grant from the Mike Caruso Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

   T T TheThe scholarships for nursing education enable Good Shepherd to attract, educate, and retain talented nurses with exceptional expertise and ultimately rehabilitation certification. Highly qualified nurses lead to better patient care, patient satisfaction, and continued excellent accreditation rankings.