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Queen's Staff and Volunteers

The group photo above shows the staff and volunteers of Queen's celebrating their recent Magnet® Recognition, the highest institutional honor for hospital excellence and the first given to any hospital in Hawai’i. Magnet Recognition highlights nursing excellence, something The Queen's Medical Center rewards annually on Nurses Day.

"Nurses are the backbone of the hospital," said Chief of Staff Peter Halford, MD. The tireless efforts of this special group of men and women were recognized at the 2009 Nursing Excellence and Queen Emma Leadership Awards. More than 70 nurses were nominated in the six award categories. This year's recipients are:

Clinical Practice Award, Florence Agos, RN, CN III,
A registered nurse since 2002, Flo has made significant improvements in patient care and keeps herself busy as a preceptor, serving on several hospital-wide committees providing pre-operative education for patients. She is also the current chair of the Med-Surg Practice Committee.

Education Award, Michelle Garson, RN
Michelle played a significant role in the Magnet education process and has coordinated classes or in-services attended by practically every nurse at Queen's.

Leadership Award, Brendalee (Brenda) Ana, Charge RN, CN IV
Drawn to Queen's by what the hospital does for the native Hawaiian community, Brenda has served at Queen's for more than 25 years. One colleague described Brenda as "the calming force in the sea of chaos that can ensue on such a large med/surg floor."

Performance Improvement Award, Silvia Jager Lo, RN, CN IV
Despite numerous challenges along the way, Silvia has sought ongoing changes to improve patient care on her unit and worked on house-wide improvements as a Safety Fellow.

Research/Evidence-Based Practice Award, Willy Ching, RN
Willy excels as a researcher and an inventor, having developed a more efficient method for nurses to navigate through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The Queen's Magnet survey team described his online research portfolio program as "a national achievement for nursing."

Queen Emma Nursing Leadership Award, Sharon Yamauchi, RN, Nurse Manager
Sharon provides leadership to her unit and throughout Queen’s, and is committed to creating an "accountable organization" across all units of the hospital. A long time employee of Queen's, Sharon has had many leadership roles and encountered many challenges during her tenure. Her strength and perseverance are to be counted on.

Congratulations go to this year's award recipients as well as all the nominees for consistently serving with excellence and pride. As Hawaii's only Magnet hospital, Queen's is forever grateful for the impeccable service of its nurses, who continue to elevate the nursing profession to the highest standards.

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