Excellence in nursing
The Medical Center of Trinity has recognized two of its nurses for the Excellence in Nursing Awards, established by HCA to honor outstanding nurses who demonstrate excellence in professional mentoring and compassionate care. The awards spotlight exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect patient-centered and humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded.
The Excellence in Nursing for Compassionate Care Award was presented to Sebastian Cavanagh, RN, 4 West. Cavanagh has the knowledge and expert skills that create a quality experience and improve outcomes for the patients.
Every day, Cavanagh is recognized multiple times by his patients for being a favorite and a most-memorable nurse.
The Excellence in Nursing Professional Mentor Award was presented to Celena Dilley, RN, Surgical Services. This award celebrates a nurse who has dedicated herself to guiding and supporting career advancement for individuals and groups of nurses.
Celena has been a member of the Medical Center of Trinity team for the past 14 years. She has extensive knowledge that allows her to consistently mentor new surgical nurses and provide resources for them to be successful.
She is a Super User for the hospital’s documentation system (Preceptor) for new nurses, teaching the systems and operating room protocols.
Medical scribe program
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) is offering a Medical Scribe Professional Training certificate program for health care and non-health care individuals.
A medical scribe assists physicians with electronic health records (EHR), maximizing workflow efficiency and productivity so that physicians can focus on providing the best possible patient care. Medical scribes can earn from $10 per hour to $16 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Those in the health care field may complete PHSC’s self-paced, online program in as little as two months. Individuals with no health care experience can learn medical fundamentals and specific scribe skills, and can complete the program in four months or less.
The PHSC medical scribe program awards a certificate of completion and prepares students to sit for the national Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) through the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group.
Heroes of Hope
NAMI Pasco (National Alliance on Mental Illlness) extends a congratulations to these 2020 Heroes of Hope award nominees: Angelica LaGuerre, Yahkaira Balbosa, Christine Pringle, Susan Echevarrie, Jo Dee Nicosia, Det. Michael Reckmeyer, Dr. Sh’Nai Simmons, Dr. Stanley Giannet, Susan Hanna, Dr. Edward Williams, Avery Lumax, Tammy White, Jeanne Botz, Michelle Warren, Crystal Wilson, Ken Delaney, Brie Burke, Todd Woodfill, Mike Piper, Robin Boyko and Bonnie Rogers.
Winners will be announced during the NAMI Pasco virtual gala on Oct. 7.
For information and to register for the gala, visit tinyurl.com/yxlgatem.
Surgical robot added
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, has expanded its surgical services with the addition of a second surgical robot — the da Vinci Xi robot.
The robot provides superior dexterity, enhanced vision and improved surgical access compared to conventional minimally invasive surgery or traditional open surgery.
A surgeon operates the da Vinci from a console that has four interactive arms and a high-resolution screen that projects 3-D images of the surgical site. The surgeon manually operates the instruments utilizing his or her own hands and fingers. When the surgeon moves, the instruments respond precisely to those movements in real time, working identically to the movement of a human arm, human elbow and a human wrist, with an enhanced range of motion.
Other benefits of the da Vinci robots include:
- Precise surgical incisions that allow unhealthy tissue to be removed without affecting surrounding healthy tissue
• Smaller incisions that prevent less trauma and pain to a patient’s body
• Smaller incisions that alleviate blood loss and lowers infection risk
• Robotic surgeries may result in a shorter length of stay in the hospital
• Recovery from robotic surgery may be quicker due to smaller incisions
• Smaller scars result from robotic surgeries
Robotic surgeries are performed in colorectal, gynecologic oncology, gynecology, pediatric urology and general surgery.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North performed 263 robotic surgeries in 2019.
For information, visit StJosephsNorthRobotics.org.
For more on robotic surgery at BayCare hospitals, visit BayCare.org/services/surgery/robotic-surgery.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point physicians, leaders and clinicians received the Center of Distinction Award, given to Bayonet Point Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine for the third year in a row. The award was presented by Healogics, then nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The hospital was recognized for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92%, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92% within 28 median days to heal.
For more on Healogics and the award, visit Healogics.com/2019awards/.