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Nurse Youger Named 2014 Cameos of Caring® Awardee

In celebration of National Nurses Week photo

In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt (right), senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2014 Cameos of Caring® Award to Mary Youger, RN, (left) Emergency Department (ED).

Mary Youger, RN, learns she is the 2014 Cameos of Caring Award winner at Monongahela Valley Hospital photo

Mary Youger, RN, (center) learns she is the 2014 Cameos of Caring Award winner at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Ms. Youger was chosen from 16 MVH nurses nominated by their co-workers for demonstrating excellence in nursing care' serving as advocates for patients and families; and embodying the essence of the nursing profession. Ms. Youger is shown with Julie Henry, RN, (left) Operating Room and Barbara Bargiband, RN, (right) Behavioral Health.
(May 9, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

When you ask someone who has received medical care at Monongahela Valley Hospital about the quality of their care, one of the first comments you will hear is "the nurses are so compassionate." It takes a special type of person to be a nurse and MVH hires men and women who are among the best in their profession.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, MVH hosted a breakfast to honor its nurses. During the event, Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of Nursing, presented the 2014 Cameos of Caring® Award to Mary Youger, RN, Emergency Department (ED).

This prestigious award is presented annually by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing to honor exceptional bedside nurses who work in acute care hospitals. Nurses throughout Western Pennsylvania nominate their co-workers who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families and embody the essence of the nursing profession.

"I am so proud to work here - I work with the finest group of people," Ms. Youger said through tears. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

This past year, Ms. Youger, driving to an appointment, recognized the distress of a young driver on what's considered a dangerous stretch of Interstate 70. She pulled over and helped to save his life. She also treated his father at the scene when he fell ill.

She said that she became a nurse because she enjoys providing care to people and making a difference in their lives.

Those physicians, staff and managers gathered also thanked the family of the late Norman and Florence Golumb, who established an endowment for nursing education.

"My late father spent more than 50 years on staff and he was so proud of the hospital and how the patients were treated," said Lois Treloar, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Golumb. The family practitioner passed away in 1993, and his daughter said he had always supported nursing and nursing education.

The medical staff then presented each Cameos of Caring nominee with a gift before the awardee was announced.

Fifteen other MVH nurses were nominated for the Cameos of Caring Award.

"Congratulations to all of you from me because you all give excellent care to our patients and their families and I thank you for doing that every single day," said Mrs. Murt. "There are really few people who have not been touched by a nurse at some point in their lifetimes."

The 2014 nominees include:

  • Jill Barney, RN, 6-East - She is involved in the education of MVH's nursing staff as well as undergraduate nursing students. She is both a mentor for students and a preceptor of new nurses.
  • Barbara Bargiband, RN - Behavioral Health. A nurse for 50 years, Ms. Bargiband uses a holistic approach to assess her patients' emotional and physical status and needs. She is a member of the Mon Valley Nurses Association where she helps to educate nurses.
  • Becky Caldwell, RN - 5-East, The Orthopedic Institute. She takes time to get to know her patients and their families. She has been a mentor to our nursing students and takes time to explain practices and help educate others.
  • Stephanie Clingenpeel, RN - 7-West. She is frequently mentioned by patients who complete satisfaction surveys. She never hesitates to advocate for patients or families and always has the best interest of the patient in mind.
  • Tina Daerr, RN - Coronary Care Unit. In her 12 years at MVH, she has worked in the Progressive Care (PCU) and Critical Care Units (CCU). Her co-workers describe her as a very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurse who is dedicated to her work and a strong patient advocate.
  • Jessica Fitch, RN - Mon-Vale Oncology. No matter how many patients that Jessica cares for each day, every patient is made to feel special and never rushed through his or her treatment or visit. She handles large work assignments with grace and has excellent, well-developed critical thinking skills.
  • Shannon Hampsay, RN - Intensive Care Unit. Although Shannon stands a mere 4 feet, 11 inches tall, she is a big presence. A team player, she is becoming known outside of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) because she helps patients on other units when needed in a kind and easy-going fashion.
  • Michele Haftman, RN - Radiation Oncology. Michele has had many experiences during her 37-year nursing career. Working with cancer patients allows Michele to become a part of families at the most critical times of their lives.
  • Shannon Hartman, RN - 4-Progressive Care Unit. Shannon is the epitome of a team player. Her enthusiasm, motivation and self-direction show the level of commitment she takes in providing care to patients and their families.
  • Julie Henry, RN - Operating Room. Operating Room nurses are often forgotten because patients do not remember much from their actual surgical experiences. She is a true patient advocate who speaks up for the Operating Room's patients who are unable to speak for themselves.
  • Amy Molish, RN - Same Day Surgery. Amy embodies the essence of the nursing profession by being an advocate for her patients. She says that nursing is a very rewarding profession and it is gratifying to know that she is touching someone's life.
  • Amanda Overend, RN - 5-West (Rehabilitation). Amanda has a bright, contagious smile and always takes the extra time to do the little things for her patients. Amanda is not only an excellent nurse who has a positive impact on patients, she is a wonderful role model.
  • Amy Perkins, RN - 6-West. She is very positive and always looking for ways to improve processes and patient care. Amy serves as the co-leader of the Patient Engagement Team, she is active in the Hospital's orientation program and is her unit's wound champion.
  • Wendy Rock, RN - 3-Progressive Care Unit. Her colleagues say that she is a team player who is always willing to lend a hand to the nursing staff, and that she works well with other staff, physicians and Hospital personnel.
  • Kelley Ulery, RN - 7-East (Med/Surg - Oncology). Kelley is kind, compassionate, caring and most of all a highly skilled nurse who encourages those around her. She actively involves families in their loved ones' care and provides encouragement when needed. Kelley continues to grow as a nurse and helps others around her grow too.


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