Iredell Health System is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Nursing
Excellence Awards. Each year, the honor goes to outstanding nurses who
display commitment to patients and colleagues and who represent the profession
in a positive way.
“I am very excited that Iredell Health System is able to recognize
and honor these wonderful nurses,” said Becky Quate, Vice President
of Nursing and Patient Services for Iredell Health System. “All
of our recipients were nominated by either a colleague or Nursing Director
based on the contributions they have provided to the patients they care
for everyday or as part of caring for our community. Each one brings their
own uniqueness to the profession of nursing through their professionalism,
accountability, and compassionate way they care for our patients. What
an honor it is to recognize and thank them for excellence.”
Cristita Arciaga, BSN, RN
“Professional, knowledgeable and caring” are three words used
to describe veteran nurse Cristita Arciaga. She came to Iredell Memorial
Hospital in 1999 and now works with patients who are recovering from kidney
and cancer-related surgeries. Arciaga lost her own sister to cancer and
says that inspired her to care for others with the disease. She is also
devoted to helping new nurses meet their potential.
One colleague said “many nurses recall later in their careers the
positive impact she has made in their development as the nurses they are
Cindy Fallon, RN
Emotions can run high in the fast-paced environment of the emergency room,
but Cindy Fallon is known for keeping her cool. She has worked in the
Emergency Department of Iredell Memorial Hospital for almost 14 years.
“Throughout the day, a sense of calmness flows to every corner of
the department as a result of her leadership,” one colleague wrote
As a charge nurse, Fallon is responsible for maintaining the flow of the
department and facilitating communication between doctors, nurses and
patients. Others in the Emergency Department say Fallon’s efficiency
allows them to better focus on patient care.
Jennifer Jennings, RN
The Nursing Excellence Award has special meaning for Jennifer Jennings.
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl.
It made me feel like I’ve met a goal in life,” Jennings said.
“I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be.”
Jennings started her nursing career later than some, waiting until her
three children were in their teens to go back to school. Her persistence
and drive kept her focused on her goal. Three years into her career at
Iredell Memorial Hospital, Jennings is a mentor to new nurses, helping
them to feel at ease on the job.
Stephanie Kanagy, BSN, RN
Stephanie Kanagy has been at Iredell Memorial Hospital for just under
two years, but she has already made an impression on her colleagues. She
describes herself as self-motivated and a hard worker. Kanagy is certified
to care for adult and pediatric patients who are on life support and she
collaborates with her team to provide the best care possible.
“I felt so honored and feel so privileged to work with my amazing
coworkers,” Kanagy said after receiving the Nursing Excellence Award.
“They make my job enjoyable.”
PHOTO, from left: Stephanie Kanagy, Jennifer Jennings, Cristita Arciaga,
and Cindy Fallon.