Carroll Hospital Center nurse turns hobby into fundraiser, Associate of the Year award

Lucinda Puterbaugh, RN, was honored as the 2012 Associate of the Year at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., on Oct. 1 during the hospital’s annual associate recognition dinner at Martin’s Westminster. A member of the Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice staff since 2009, Puterbaugh was honored for her exceptional care of patients and for her innovation in creating a successful fundraiser for Carroll Hospice, Carroll Hospital Center’s affiliate hospice service.

“Lucinda truly exemplifies all aspects of our hospital’s SPIRIT values,” Leslie Simmons, RN, BSN, MA, executive vice president and COO, said in a news release. “She has excellent communication skills, exhibits compassion and definitely innovation. She is truly deserving of this award.” Puterbaugh’s hobby of making beaded jewelry contributed to the innovative idea that helped earn her the award, according to the release. When the family of a patient she cared for wanted to donate his beading supplies to Puterbaugh, she came up with the idea to accept them on Carroll Hospice’s behalf and make bracelets to sell as a fundraiser. Since April 2011, her idea has raised more than $5,000 for hospice services.

“Lucinda has such a high level of integrity, a strong level of innovation and an overflowing amount of compassion,” Diane Link, RN, executive director of Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice, said in a separate news release. “She came up with an excellent way of allowing the patient and herself to give back to Carroll Hospice.”

The 2012 Associate of the Year was selected from Associate of the Month winners from October 2011 through September 2012.

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