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SGMC Health Names Nurse Educators as Health System Heroes

Posted on: December 20th, 2023

SGMC Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Dean, Health System Heroes Ginger Theis and Kayla Turner, and Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Cherise Giddens

SGMC Health honored Nurse Educators Kayla Turner, RN, and Ginger Theis, RN, as the December Health System Heroes. Turner and Theis were nominated by a coworker for their attentiveness and quick thinking which ultimately saved a patient’s life. 

While rounding on the unit and after several conversations with fellow care professionals, Turner and Thies realized that a patient had been in the shower for an unusually long period of time. Concerned for the patient, they attempted to communicate through the door. When no one responded they entered to find the patient on the floor and immediately activated the Rapid Response Team. 

“Their attentiveness and ability to act fast was the deciding factor of saving a life,” shared the coworker who submitted the nomination. 

Both Turner and Theis shared that they were simply doing their job, but appreciated that their peers and leadership recognized their effort and passion for excellence. 

The duo received a standing ovation from those in attendance.    

SGMC Health participates in an array of recognition programs to honor employees who most exemplify the tagline, “Remarkable People, Extraordinary Care, Human Kindness.” To learn more, visit sgmc.org/recognition.