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Bethesda Health Announces its 2016 Nurse of the Year

May 20, 2016

8-year Veteran Cardiac Nurse, Thurston Pottinger, RN, Named 2016 Bethesda Nurse of the Year


(l to r): Geralyn Lunsford, RN, BSN, MHM, Administrator of Bethesda Hospital West and Vice President of Patient Services, Thurston Pottinger, RN, 2016 Bethesda Nurse of the Year and Scott Classen, RN, MSN, MBA, Executive Director of Bethesda Heart Hospital. 


(Boynton Beach, FL--)  Bethesda Health is pleased to announce Thurston Pottinger, RN, as the 2016 Bethesda Nurse of the Year. Pottinger was nominated by his peers and honored at Bethesda’s Annual Nurses’ Appreciation Breakfast and Award Ceremony held in commemoration of National Nurses’ Week on May 10, 2016. Geralyn Lunsford, RN, BSN, MHM, Administrator of Bethesda Hospital West and Vice President of Patient Services, hosted the ceremony recognizing Bethesda nurses. 
Pottinger has worked at Bethesda Heart Hospital for the past eight years.
“Thurston possesses all of the qualities that are needed to represent the profession of nursing in a positive and professional light,” said Lunsford. “Not only is he a talented nurse, he is an excellent person.” 
The candidates for Bethesda’s Nurse of the Year award are nominated by their peers for their dedication and excellence in the nursing profession. Bethesda’s 2016 Nurse of the Year candidates are: Penny Burdick, RN, Gemma Uy, RN, Rachael Lotz-Valentine, RN, Dona Browne, RN, Neil Kartez, RN, Stephanie Nelson, RN, Dana Marschall, RN, Ashley Brochu, RN, Raymond Roy, RN, Shannon Zalewski, RN, Lourdes Toledo, RN, Gail Cohan, RN, Carly Ponz, RN, Mitchell Drucker, RN, Matt Frederick, RN, Tonya Allegretti, RN, Samantha Lockey, RN and Ashley Phillips, RN.
National Nurses’ Week is sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and highlights the diverse ways in which registered nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are working to improve healthcare. National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually on May 6 through the 12 and this year’s theme was “Culture of Safety: It Starts With YOU.”
About Bethesda Health, Inc.
Bethesda Health is comprised of two not-for-profit hospitals, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West, which are supported by the generosity of philanthropic community members through the Bethesda Hospital Foundation. With community support, we have grown to 670 physicians and more than 2,500 employees. Bethesda Health includes Bethesda Health Physician Group, Bethesda Heart Hospital, Bethesda Orthopaedics Institute, Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, the Center for Women and Children, which includes Level III neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, the Bethesda College of Health Sciences and accredited centers for Stroke, Chest Pain and Heart Failure. Finally, Bethesda has been honored to be one of three hospitals in Palm Beach County to partner with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education program. Bethesda currently has 72 residents in Internal Medicine and will add Surgical and Emergency Medicine residencies in July 2016. Bethesda looks forward to adding Surgical, Obstetrical and Emergency Medicine residents this summer. Visit BethesdaWeb.com.

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