The 2011 Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence finalists from Greater Philadelphia Tri-State in the Community Service category are as follows:
Kathleen C. Evans, RNC, BSN
Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery Unit
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Pa.
Nominated by: Loreen Evans
During a 33-year career as a labor and delivery nurse, Kathi Evans is regularly recognized in patient feedback surveys for her extraordinary care and has published a book on perinatal loss with proceeds going to support overseas medical missions. Nine years ago, she co-founded Touching Lives Ministry, a nonprofit organization that opens and supports medical clinics around the world. As president of the ministry, she has led mission trips to Africa and Asia. On a trip to Nepal, Evans and her team came under gunfire attack while trying to provide care to revolutionaries. A primary focus of care for the missions is womens health.Rev. Eleanor L. Rooks, RN
In a remote village in Kenya, Evans team saved the life of a woman whose baby had died in the birth canal during labor. This year, she plans to open the first medical clinic in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, which involves building a permanent facility from the ground up.
Rev. Eleanor L. Rooks, RN, ASN
Penn Living Independently for Elders Program, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Mary Austin, RN, MSN, NHA
Just as the Penn LIFE program is part of West Philadelphia, so is Eleanor Rooks. She is extremely involved as a licensed minister and director of youth ministry at a church in the community surrounding the program. There is frequently overlap between her personal and professional life, as she works and volunteers in the same neighborhood. Her knowledge of the community is invaluable to her work in the program. Rooks is responsible for a weekly feeding program for the homeless and other community residents. She also provides spiritual programming and guidance to local youths, has developed pamphlets and programs about abstinence, organizes an annual spring concert for youths to present their poetry and music and conducts the choir at her church. She also directs the church youth program, which has planned visits to hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses. She brings her spirituality to patients as well, including singing a favorite hymn to a dying patient as the rest of the care team hummed along.Marjorie Pollock, RN
Marjorie Pollock, RN, MSN, WHNP, BC
Administrative Director of Women and Children’s Services
South Jersey Healthcare, Vineland, N.J.
Nominated by: Dawn Goffredo, MSN, CCE
Marjorie Pollock sees her position not just as an opportunity to ensure excellent patient care, but as an opportunity to better the health of the most vulnerable members of the community. She is well aware that premature newborns have better outcomes if they are delivered and cared for in the same institution instead of having to be transferred to a tertiary care facility. She fought to have a NICU built and available for the communitys needs and assisted in its design. She initiated community mom and baby education classes, in English and Spanish, to promote exclusive breastfeeding. To combat high local teen pregnancy rates, she used a grant to replicate the Carrera program, a successful evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention program first implemented in New York City. She also started the annual Womens Health Event, which is held in the hospitals lobby and corridors. In the past two years, more than 600 community members have participated.Maureen Nicolosi, RNC
Maureen Nicolosi, RNC, BSN
Staff Nurse, Mother Baby Unit
St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa.
Nominated by: Audrey R. Jadczak, RN MHA FACHE
As a mother of four, Maureen Nicolosi often trades her annual family vacation for a mission trip to help others less fortunate. As part of the St Andrews youth group, she takes mission trips to better communities throughout the U.S. by renovating homes. Rather than miss a recent trip because of a broken elbow, she traded her construction workers gear for a supervisory role. While returning home from a trip in South Carolina, the group stopped to assist after a car accident. Nicolosi approached a car that was flipped upside down and discovered a baby hanging from a car seat. She rescued the baby and held it while reassuring others in the vehicle until the ambulance arrived. In her work with Project HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) at St Andrews, she helps community members once a week with rides to physician offices, preparing meals, rides to stores and help with shopping or just sitting and talking.Madeline T. Tymes, RN
Madeline T. Tymes, RN
Oncology Staff Nurse/Parish Nurse
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: C. Rebecca Marlow, RN, MBA
A veteran oncology nurse, Madeline Tymes is involved in numerous service activities and programs that help improve the health of the community through education, advocacy and fundraising. She provides health awareness program for parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in South Philadelphia, where she is a parish nurse. She also travels around the country as vice president of the Northern District for the Knights of Peter Claver Womens Auxiliary, the largest historically African-American Catholic organization in the U.S. She uses her vacation days to travel the country to talk about healthy eating. She has been involved in the American Cancer Societys Tell a Friend programs for 14 years, and is on the board for the Sister Surviving Breast Cancer program. She was honored with the hospitals 2010 Miles Mack Jefferson Community Service Award in memory of Miles Mack, a longtime hospital employee who focused much of his life around community service.