Trinity Health named two nurses from the Mercy Health System in Conshohocken, Pa., as 2014 diversity champions for their commitment to inclusion in their communities.
Theresa Conejo, RN, a pool nurse at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, received the Sister Catherine Horan Community Partner and Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as a health advocate. As a volunteer, Conejo coordinates health-related activities in local immigrant, Spanish-speaking and other medically underserved communities, according to a news release. Last year, Conejo helped connect Spanish-speaking residents with healthcare and insurance information resources. She also advocated for the American Heart Associations Youre the Cure program, where she lobbied policymakers to pass legislation to help children lead healthier lives, according to the release. In addition, Conejo advocated for legislation that protects workers and the public from the harms of secondhand smoke and helped eliminate high-sugared drinks from an after-school program in her community, according to the release.
Joy Hepkins, RN, OCN, oncology nurse navigator at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., received the Sister Teresa ONeill Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Cultural Competency Award. She was honored for her work in helping a non-immigrant, Spanish-speaking patient receive lifesaving medication at no cost, according to the release.