Mission Health Announces Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina 2018 Honorees

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 22, 2018) – Mission Health is proud to announce that again in 2018, four nurses from across our health system were selected for this year’s list of Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. It is an honor for our nurses to be recognized by their peers for their professionalism and practice and commitment to the health and wellness of our community; and because it is a state-wide recognition, this honor is particularly meaningful.

“We honor our extraordinary nurses for the inspiring work they do each and every day to help our western North Carolina community be well, get well and stay well,” said Jill Hoggard Green, RN, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Mission Health. “Our four honorees are great leaders in our hospitals and health system, and we appreciate all they do for our patients, team members and our community.”

The Great 100 Nurses are nominated by their peers for demonstrating excellence in practice and commitment to their profession. Mission Health’s 2018 Great 100 Nurses are:

From Mission Hospital:

  • Barbara McElroy, (MBA, BSN, PCCN, RN-C, Staffing Pool, 16 years)

From Transylvania Regional Hospital:

  • Joelle Cleveland, (BSN, RN, OCN, Brevard Cancer and Infusion Center Patient Education/Survivorship/Triage Nurse, 14 years)

From Mission Health:

  • Kathleen Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President, Regional Member Hospitals (10 years)
  • Jamie Staton (BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Specialist, 13 years)

“At Mission Health we pursue our BIG(GER) Aim: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each patient, family and team member,” Paulus said. “Nurses are at the very foundation of our BIG(GER) Aim, and each of these amazing nurses stand out for their leadership, compassion and impact. I want to call out Kathy Guyette in particular. She and I have worked side-by-side for more than eight years now, and she is one of the most effective, focused and nurse-oriented leaders I have ever known. She is a dear friend and wonderful colleague from whom I have received and learned much.”

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About Great 100, Inc.
In the summer of 1988, a Registered Nurse by the name of Heather Thorne, called together a group of Registered Nurses from across North Carolina to develop a plan for selecting and recognizing Registered Nurses. The recipients would be recognized for their outstanding professional ability and for the contributions they had made to improving the healthcare services in their community. Her dream, modeled after a program developed by Registered Nurses in Louisiana, was designed to promote nursing and to raise funds for nursing scholarships. Since 1989, the Great 100 has been able to award over $648,500 in nursing scholarships. Schools/programs of nursing education are selected via a rotating basis.

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