The 2010 Nurse of the Year is Darlene Carroll, RN. A nurse at CMC since 1986, Carroll is a critical care nurse, is certified in emergency nursing, is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and works with staff and radiologists in the hospital's imaging services department. Carroll is active in the community, participating in health fairs and other hospital events and the annual Relay for Life. She also serves as a preceptor for Georgia Highlands nursing program students.
Named the 2010 Tech of the Year, Dawn Adcock is a full time employee, full-time nursing student, full-time parent and spouse, scrub tech, secretary, March of Dimes Walk for Babies team co-captain and even plays on the hospital's softball team. Information submitted said she is dependable, compassionate, professional, positive and always prepared. According to her peers, Adcock is "so tuned in to the work environment that, the majority of the time, patients'/physicians'/coworkers' needs are met or work is done before anyone has a chance to ask for assistance."
A Licensed Practical Nurse now pursuing her Registered Nursing degree was named a Georgia Hospital Association G.R.E.A.T. Ambassador for 2010. Barbara Belew, a nurse in the progressive care unit at CMC, played "nurse" as a child while caring for her five younger siblings and knew she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Despite the loss of a spouse and her hearing impairment, she worked as an LPN for 30 years and is now committed to continuing her journey to become a registered nurse.
"We are extremely proud of our nursing staff here at Cartersville Medical Center," said Miriam Eide, chief nursing officer. "They truly have a heart for service excellence and give 100 percent of themselves every day for our patients and their families."
Eide said the awards are considered to be the highest honors one can receive because the individuals are nominated by their very own peers.
"What an honor it is to be recognized by your co-workers for a job well done," she said. "Darlene, Dawn and Barbara embody our corporate mission: 'Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.'" Eide continued, "We're proud they represent Cartersville Medical Center."
CMC is a 112-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission. Acworth Medical Plaza, including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center and The Hope Center, are facilities of CMC.