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09/16/2016

Iredell Health System Honors Top Nurses

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 today.”

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 about Fallon.

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.”

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PHOTO, from left: Stephanie Kanagy, Jennifer Jennings, Cristita Arciaga, and Cindy Fallon.

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