For Greene County News
BEAVERCREEK & XENIA – Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center administration found out what big shoes they had to fill when they shadowed the nursing staff.
Hospital administrators recently took a day to follow staff nurses at both hospitals and even help them perform their daily duties.
“After a week-long celebration of our nurses, leadership spent a day ‘walking in the shoes’ of some from our nursing team. They shadowed a portion of a shift, sometimes even lending a hand. Administration witnessed the tender loving care our nurses provide to patients,” said Greene Medical Foundation President Jeff Brock who shadowed Melanie Davis, a nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Soin.
Soin nurses, Cheryl Ward and Nanette LeCain, teamed up with Director of Business Development, David Campbell.
From Xenia, Cheryl has served as a nurse for 19 years. She was inspired by her mother who encouraged her to follow her dreams. She believes a good nurse is flexible and quick on their feet.
Ward’s advice for those considering nursing, “A nurse has to be compassionate, understanding and love to care for people.”
Cheryl has been married 38 years and has three children.
Lindsay Slone, an ICU nurse at Greene, grew up in Xenia. A nurse for five years, she was inspired by her mother, also a nurse.
“I chose my career because I wanted to be able to help those in need, and make a difference – even if it’s a small one – in the outcome and care for patients. I have always believed it’s my true calling,” said Lindsay.
Lindsay was shadowed by Senior Vice President Terry Burns, administrator for both Kettering Health Network hospitals.
“Terry Burns was so much fun,” she said. “He has such a down to earth personality and shows he really cares about his staff and all of our patients. He was willing to dive right in to help with patient care.”
The young nurse also feels the job takes compassion, good communication skills and although there are some tough days, “those days are what push us to become the best nurses. We talk and cry with patients and their families. We are ultimately the best advocate that our patients could have.”
She and her fiancé work in Greene County and love spending time together and look forward to getting married and starting a family.
Other administration and staff participating at Greene included: Belinda Mallett, Vice President for Patient Care and Julie Harmeling, a med/surg nurse; Chief Medical Officer David Smalll and Tiarah Todd, an ER nurse; Bev Shoemaker, a nurse supervisor and Business Development Director David Campbell and; Ron Connovich, Vice President for Operations, and Rhonda Gray, community clinic nurse.
Other administration and staff participating at Soin included: Dr. Small and Ingrid Addy, ICU nurse; and Ron Connovich and Nadia Sievering, ER nurse.