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Published on April 12, 2014

Ten SRHS Nurses Win Palmetto Gold Award 

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SPARTANBURG SC, April 12, 2014 – Ten nurses from Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System have been recognized amongst the state’s 100 best RNs by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation.

SRHS winners of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award – which honors excellence in patient care and commitment to the nursing profession – include Emmi Mooney, Amanda Rosenlund, Ryan Camp and Mamie Padgett, Pelham Medical Center; Debra Strevel and Stacey Williams, Hospital for Restorative Care; and Barri Compton, Jenny Holmes, Kim Johnson and Laurie Wybenga, Spartanburg Medical Center.

“What a privilege to note that 10 of this year’s 100 Palmetto Gold recipients are from Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System,” said Susan Duggar, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at SRHS. “This prestigious award validates our dedication to providing positive patient outcomes with genuinely compassionate care.”

Established by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation in 2002, the Palmetto Gold Award program recognizes 100 RNs per year who exemplify exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families and colleagues while also demonstrating leadership skills that promote the nursing profession. Awards were presented April 12 during the Palmetto Gold Gala in Columbia SC. Proceeds from the gala support the Palmetto Gold Scholarship program, which provides funding to nursing students across South Carolina.

“Nurses throughout SRHS go above and beyond their job descriptions every day as they treat our patients and families as they’d want to be treated themselves,” Duggar said. “These 10 Palmetto Gold winners represent an entire staff that personifies the Golden Rule while promoting our motto that your health is our mission.”

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Palmetto Gold winners are:

Ryan Camp, RN, MSN, BA, CEN, CPEN

Emergency Center Manager
Pelham Medical Center

Ryan Camp graduated from The Technical College of the Lowcountry in 2004 and later earned a master of science degree in nursing administration from Gardner Webb. As emergency center manager at Pelham Medical Center for the past three years, he supports a team-first approach to nursing that leads to better patient experiences and outcomes. This emphasis has resulted in patient satisfaction scores that consistently exceed 90 percent in the Healthstream Database.

Camp is involved in the Greer Leadership Team and volunteers for a variety of hospital-sponsored activities and community events.

Barri Compton, BSN, RN-CCRN

Hospital Educator/Simulation Center Coordinator
SRHS Corporate Education

Barri Compton joined the SRHS nursing team after graduating from USC-Upstate School of Nursing in 1999. Currently a hospital educator, she has been coordinator of the Simulation Center since it opened in January 2012.

Compton serves as a mentor for the Clinical Unit Educators and is an integral part of onboarding/coaching new nurses. She is a faculty member for American Heart Association ACLS, PALS and BLS courses, and also serves as the course director/instructor for the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses course. Compton has been a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse since 2009 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education.

Her community outreach includes singing in a church choir and traveling to Nicaragua as a part of a medical mission team.

Jenny Holmes, RN MSN, FCN

Congregational Nursing Program Coordinator
Spartanburg Medical Center

A 1975 graduate of Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Jenny Holmes also holds a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in healthcare education. She joined SRHS as Congregational Nursing Program Coordinator in 2005 after working as a nurse for a local faith community.

Holmes has a passion for helping the underserved and promoting health education; she is involved in health promotion activities, for example, and writes Wellness Wisdom, a monthly publication for the Spartanburg community. Holmes serves the Health Ministry Association as director of collaborative development for eight national regions. She has also served as secretary and chairman of the SC Faith Community Nurses Association and as a board member of the Carolinas Health Ministry Partnership.

Kim Johnson, RN, OCN

Prostate Nurse Navigator
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

A graduate of Spartanburg Technical College and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Kim Johnson joined the Spartanburg Regional nursing team in 1999. She is a member of the local and national chapters of the Oncology Nursing Society and serves the local board as membership chairman. She also is co-leader for the local US TOO Prostate Support Group.

Johnson is a strong advocate of oncology research and education. She is a member of a research team which has published three community participatory studies related to prostate cancer in peer review journals in collaboration with USC. She participated in Moffitt Cancer Center’s first Onco-Fertility Enrich Comprehensive Educational Course and helped establish the first Cancer Center Onco-Fertility Program in the Upstate at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Johnson developed the first Prostate Navigation Program in South Carolina and has become a role model for NCCCP network sharing best practices and tools for prostate navigation. She is an active member of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance work group for prostate cancer, promoting awareness of the importance of informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening and treatment.

Emmi Mooney, RN

Emergency Center Staff Nurse
Pelham Medical Center

A 1994 graduate of Greenville Technical College, Emmi Mooney has worked at Spartanburg Regional Health System since 2008. She was a nursing supervisor at Pelham Medical Center for three years, then transferred to the Emergency Department where she has served as charge nurse and preceptor to staff and new hires.

Mooney is a strong advocate for patient safety, education and satisfaction; she has served on many committees including Patient Throughput, Safety and Infection Prevention.

Mooney served on the South Carolina Disaster Medical Assist Team for five years and was deployed to hurricane-affected states in the Southeast region. Her volunteer outreach includes Pelham Medical Center community events and Animal Care in Greenville.

Mamie Padgett, BSN, RN

ICU Staff Nurse
Pelham Medical Center

A 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Mamie Padgett began her career with the Spartanburg Regional nursing team and moved to ICU at Pelham Medical Center in 2011.

She promotes education and excellence in a variety of ways; for example, she helps with annual hospital competences and routine unit competences. She has served on two Lean Six Sigma teams to decrease ventilator-associated pneumonia and improve pain management. Padgett completed research on bedside rounding and assisted in staff education to improve patient care and HCAHPS scores. She also serves on SRHS’s nurse policy committee and acts as a resource for newer nurses and other staff.

Padgett’s goals include obtaining the CCRN and pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education.

Amanda Rosenlund, BSN, RN

Medical-Surgical Staff Nurse
Pelham Medical Center

A 2010 graduate of Clemson University School of Nursing, Amanda Rosenlund traveled to Pixabaj, Guatemala during her senior year to educate the community on common health issues. She joined Pelham Medical Center in March 2011, where she has served as charge nurse and a preceptor to nursing students, new graduates and new hires.

She served on the Six Sigma Project Committee that focused on Medication Reconciliation HCS and is an active member of AMSN. Rosenlund was named Employee of the Month on her unit for October 2012.

Debra Strevel, RN-CHPN

Staff Nurse
Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home

Debra Strevel was the first RN hired for SRHS’s inpatient Hospice facility when it opened in 2006. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Upstate and is currently working toward a BSN degree; she holds national certification in Hospice and Palliative Care from NHPCO.

Strevel developed a vast music library for therapeutic bedside use as well for the “Ceremony of Transition” when a patient passes. Her outreach efforts are focused on veterans; for example, she developed door signs to designate/honor veteran patients and she hosts annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services at the Hospice Home.

Strevel participates in the NHPCO “We Honor Veterans” program as well as “Operation: Stand Down” to assist veterans in need. She is also active with a greyhound rescue organization. 

Stacey Williams, BSN, RN

RN Data Coordinator, Quality Department
Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care

Stacey Williams is a 1991 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Upstate School of Nursing. She joined SRHS in 2006 and works as an RN data coordinator for the long-term acute care and sub-acute units at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care, where she has served as a preceptor for new employees.

As a mother of children with Cystic Fibrosis, Williams is actively involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Laurie Wybenga, DNP, RN, NP-C

Employee Health Manager
Spartanburg Medical Center

A 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Laurie Wybenga also earned a master of science degree in nursing from Clemson. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2010.

Wybenga joined SRHS in 2005 and is currently manager of Employee Health, where she serves as a nurse practitioner to meet the acute care needs of associates. A strong employee advocate, she has implemented department-specific safety initiatives to reduce work-related injuries; she helped establish the Employee Wellness Program, a Pampered Pregnancy Program and Tobacco Cessation initiatives for associates and their families. Wybenga developed the SRHS “Couch to 5K” program, which prepares associates to participate in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure.” She also served on an Infectious Disease Taskforce.

Wybenga was 2013 co-chairman for the SRHS American Heart Association Heart Walk. She is an active member of First Baptist Spartanburg and serves as a first responder to a special needs class. Other community outreach includes a medical mission trip to Haiti, where she provided health assessment and treatment to more than 150 needy children. 

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For more information or to talk to one of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Palmetto Gold Nurses, please contact the media pager at 253-7561.

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