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Hospital Honors Nurse with 'Educator of the Year' October 25, 2007

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AUGUSTA, GA -- Oct. 24, 2007-- Angela Kelley, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, has been named University Hospital's Educator of the Year for 2007.

Ms. Kelley has worked at University for 20 years in several departments to include Telemetry, Oncology, Case Management and Education Resources. Most recently she began planning and implementation for University's new Palliative Care Unit, the first inpatient Palliative Care Unit in Augusta. She will serve as clinical coordinator and nurse practitioner of that unit.

"Our 2007 Educator of the Year is described as a wealth of knowledge who is always seeking ways to help others grow in knowledge as well," explained J. Larry Read, president/CEO of University Health Care System, in making the presentation. "Over many years and in several different positions at University, Angela always seems to gravitate toward the role of educator. And in every educational setting, she is described as calm, gentle, patient, courteous and approachable, with an uncanny ability to simplify and explain the most complex subject matters."

Ms. Kelley mentors young nurses and clinical staff members through internship and orientation programs. She was instrumental in developing the Nurse Re-entry Program that helps nurses who have been out of the workforce for awhile gain the confidence and the skills they need to care for patients.

Ms. Kelley has taught a vast array of clinical and leadership courses, during all shifts so every employee has access to the training. She coordinates Home Health training, many other aspects of computer-based training, and led the charge for collecting, updating and posting patient education materials on the Intranet for around-the-clock access to staff.

Her nominator wrote that, “Every day, she touches and teaches people who touch our patients. She quietly and unassumingly coaches them, giving them the tools they need to take care of our patients.”

The Educator of the Year award is presented to an individual who has promoted employee or patient growth and development through educational guidance and motivation. This person does not have to hold the formal title of educator, but should have made significant contributions in education through instruction, tutoring, program planning or professional development.

Five other employees were also nominated by their co-workers for the 2007 Educator of the Year. They are Kinya Brown, RN, Women’s Center Postpartum; Elisabeth Frails, School of Cardiovascular Technology Educator; Erin Jarvis, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Renal and Cardiac Services; Kevin Lulham, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Coronary care Unit and Gwen Mann, Systems Programmer, Information Systems.

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