BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital has announced the five winners of its 2015 Nursing Excellence Award. They include Mike Kiers, Jennifer Kuehne, Tom Mockus, Lily Sweeney and Heidi Wittwer.
“These nurses are so deserving of this honor,” said MDI Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Art Blank. “In addition to their talent, experience and education, each of them is a dedicated, compassionate professional. They clearly demonstrate how a passion for nursing can drive excellence in every aspect of patient care.”
This is the first year that MDI Hospital has given the award, but it is a tradition that will last for a long time to come, said MDI Hospital Nurse Educator Betsy Corrigan. “This award recognizes nurses who demonstrate advocacy, leadership, mentorship and excellence in their nursing practice and who work to affect positive change to promote positive patient outcomes. It is a very prestigious award and one that the hospital takes very seriously.”
Candidates were nominated by their peers based on excellence in four categories: leadership, clinical practice, change agent and mentorship. A panel of judges comprised of nurse leaders and hospital professionals was charged with the difficult task of selecting just five winners. Award winners were presented with a framed certificate of excellence and a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.
“I was very surprised but truly honored to receive the award and to be among such outstanding colleagues. I especially appreciated being acknowledged for my role as a leader, patient advocate and versatile team member,” said Wittwer.
“These nurses are truly nurses of excellence,” said panel judge Joanne Harris, the hospital’s director of human resources. “They inspire us all with their commitment to integrity, respect and compassionate patient care.”