Nursing, or Patient Care Services as it is commonly called, is a vitally important function in all healthcare organizations. SGMC employs 1,079 employees within the Nursing division. SGMC would not be successful without the many contributions of our patient care technicians (PCTs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs) who deliver hands-on care. SGMC would like to say “thank you” for their daily sacrifices and commitments.In celebration of Nurse’s Week, SGMC asked nurses and nursing support staff to nominate one RN, LPN and CNA/PCT for a Nursing Excellence Award. The winners, Ansley Taylor, PCT II at Youthcare, Laura Berard, RN on MSICU and Amanda Harlan, LPN on 5W, received a gift basket and $300 credit for continuing education. These individuals were also recognized as “Hospital Heroes” by the Hospital Authority of Valdosta Lowndes County, GA. Peer nominations included a description of the individual’s patient care style, individual personality and exemplary work ethic. A panel of judges from SGMC’s Recruitment and Retention Committee reviewed nearly 60 nominations.Other honorees included:RN Category: Amy Jack, Carlynn Appelt, Angela Sirmans, Danielle Heath, Angela Harris, Jade Evans, Crystal Freeman, Miracle Whitaker, Jana Harrod, Jessica Mullis, Joy King, Caitlyn Register, Tandy Walley, Carol Jones, Tim Sirmans, Janice Irvin, Kathy Hardy, Vickie Devine, Judy Pate, Kereashia Reese Carter, Teresa Peterson, James Garrett, Jessica Sellars, Pamela Pollette, Lisa Harper, Lenora Strickland, and Erin Casey.LPN Category: Hope Bush, Monica Rodriquez, Felicia Miller, Holly Turner, Betty Mann, Megan Snow, Cassandra Robinson, Jessica Jordon, Brenda O’Keefe, and Kadian Heslop. PCT/Tech Category: Charlene Daniels, Debra Campbell, Roxanne Roberts, Barbara Birchette, Ronteria Redding, Arnita Wilson, Stacy Smith, Aciena Golden, Whitney Langford, Tereima Winfield, Earl King, Marcia Harris, and Paris Walker.