Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of September. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.
This month’s Oak Hill Hospital “Stars” are:
Linda Kurman, RN, Wound Care
Linda originally joined Oak Hill Hospital in 1989. She left from 1995 through 1998 but returned in 1998 and is still with us. She is responsible for ostomy education in wound care and staff education on wound care. She and her husband, Warren, live in Spring Hill. They have two sons, Peter and Jason, who is a nurse at Oak Hill, three grandchildren and Linda’s mother, Rhoda, also lives here in Spring Hill. Linda’s nomination came from the family of a patient who were truly impressed with the care that their mother received during a five week hospitalization at Oak Hill. They met Linda when Linda was brought in to the critical care unit to consult regarding the possibility of a “wound vac.” “Though this was a totally foreign concept to us, she immediately helped us to feel comfortable with this new experience,” said the nomination. The nomination went on to discuss how Linda remained their mother’s wound care nurse throughout the remainder of her stay at Oak Hill and praised Linda for her warmth and compassion by doing everything possible to keep their mother calm and comfortable as she endured some very painful dressing changes. “Linda was also patient with our family by always taking the time to answer our questions and consider our concerns. Through her willingness to educate us we were able to continue at home what she began in the hospital after mom was discharged. In our opinion Linda Kurman is an unsung hero,” they added. For her part Linda says that Oak Hill is family to her. “I came in 1989, left for three years, and came back when I moved back to Florida. When I started here my children were three and five. My oldest son worked here…I have seen Oak Hill Hospital grow as I have seen my family grow. I have held a number of positions here and appreciated the opportunity for growth and exploring my goals…The staff has been with me through times of joy and through hard times and that is why I will never work anywhere else.”
Bob Linares, BSN, RN, CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse), RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist)
Bob joined Oak Hill Hospital in 2007 where he has served as house supervisor to ensure the hospital operations and patient care are at optimal levels. He and his wife, Kathy, live in New Port Richey. They have two daughters, Jenna and Jessica. The nomination came from a coworker who praised Bob as house supervisor for coming to their unit to relieve them so that the coworker could go home and assist their son’s nurse who had just learned of her daughter’s death. “It was more than I could have even thought of to ask for in the moment. Bob just did it. In this way I was able to get my son and be of help to his nurse in the time of her need.” For his part Bob says that what he likes best is “the great staff who work here.”
Cheryl Winfield, RN
Cheryl joined Oak Hill Hospital in 2009 as an RN in the medical critical care unit where “saving lives is my number one priority.” Cheryl helps manage patient care and needs and is an advocate for her patients. She and Dennis Holder live in Brooksville. Their family consists of her daughter, son-in-law and grandson (Melissa, Brian and Casey) and a younger son, Eddie, and daughter, Jessica. Her nomination came from a patient who praised her for her high standards of clinical care and patient advocacy. “Cheryl Winfield, RN advised me of a change in my care plan which required my attention and resulted in the reversal of a discharge order that led to the discovery of four coronary blockages. Her assertive and alternative action…saved my life.” For her part Cheryl says that “Oak Hill is a fairly large hospital with a small-town atmosphere. People are friendly and my peers participate in teamwork.”
In making the announcement Oak Hill Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Sonia Gonzalez said, “Dr. Thomas Frist, Senior, our founder, always believed that ‘Good people beget good people.’ People like Linda, Bob and Cheryl prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”
About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (234 acute care beds), is one of the area’s largest private employers, and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery. Approximately 300 physicians, 950 associates, and over 350 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team.
Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:
· First and only open heart surgery hospital in Hernando County.
· First Chest Pain Center with PCI (heart catheterization) in Hernando County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First and Only advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando County to be fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
· First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
· First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
· First hospital in the region to achieve Heart Failure accreditation with the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First hospital in the region to offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and first to achieve national certification by The Joint Commission for its Hip & Knee replacement and spinal fusion programs.
· First in the nation to have achieved 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses, CEN’s.
· Only Emergency Care Center in Florida, and one of only 20 nationwide, honored by the Emergency Nurses Association for its first-ever Lantern Award exemplifying exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.
· Only hospital in Hernando and Citrus Counties recognized as one of the nation’s top performers on four key quality measures – heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care – by The Joint Commission.
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@hcahealthcare.com. In Citrus call 352-628-6441. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at OakHillHospital.com, or like us on Facebook.