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Nurse of the year goes the extra mile for patients

5/27/2014 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - Orillia, ON) – A registered nurse at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) was recognized by his colleague's and peers for his outstanding care and compassion during National Nursing Week.


Jared Baxter, a registered nurse on the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, has been awarded the third annual OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award. 


"Just to be nominated when you work with so many exceptional nurses is truly an honour, I will cherish this moment forever," Baxter said. "It's easy to come to work when you enjoy and love what you do. I share this award with my family in the nursery and paediatric unit."


Baxter has worked in the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OSMH since coming to OSMH in 2001. He received five letters of nomination from colleagues and patients that spoke to his dedication, compassion, caring and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of his patients. According to his nominators, Baxter ensures that his tiny patients and their family always come first.


"He is always willing to go that extra mile for the benefit of his patients," said Sarah Shigwadja, RN, a colleague and one of Baxter's nominators. "There are so many stories about the lives Jared has affected and miracles he has been involved with. Every day and every shift he changes someone's life and that is a story in itself."


And that is what the Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award is all about, explained Cheryl Harrison, Vice President - Patient Services, Regional Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at OSMH.


"As nurses we support patients and families during some of their most vulnerable and difficult times of life, and being able to recognize an OSMH nurse for the important role that they play in patient care such a privilege," said Harrison. "Jared is a great role model for nurses, as his compassion and commitment to patient care is outstanding."


Along with Baxter, three other nurses at OSMH were nominated for the award:

  • Monica Ball - RN, Geriatric Day Hospital
  • Maggie Gallagher - RN, Regional Kidney Care Program Simcoe-Muskoka
  • Whitney Gowanlock - RN, CDE, Paediatric Outpatient Services

The OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale award recognizes a nurse at OSMH whose work has positively affected the lives of patients. It is named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale whose lasting contribution was her role in founding the modern nursing profession. Her legacy is one of compassion, commitment to patient care and thoughtful nursing leadership.


The OSMH Nursing Week Committee would also like to acknowledge all the sponsors who made this year's celebration possible:


Marlin Travel Barrie

Lake Country Grill

OSMH Nurses Alumnae

Sarah and Dr. Gary Peysar

Dr. Aaron Barnett

Dr. Kathleen Michalski

Dr. Rebecca Van Iersel

Dr. Nancy Merrow

Drs. Rose Zacharias and Rob Meeder

Dr. Charles Brewster

Dr. Tim Hillson

Dr. John Seki and Dr. Neda Rowhani-Seki

Dr. Greg Price-Jones

Dr. Maarten Reinders

Dr. Nancy Harris

Dr. Mark Rosati

Dr. Carol Strickland

Dr. James Campbell

Cheryl Harrison

Dr. David Alexander

Dr. Daniel Tascona

Angela Harwood

Mother Fudrucker's Farm

Theo's Eatery

Orillia Power

Cavana Inn & Spa

Whitney Gowanlock

ERA 67

Kari Kerteston, Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre

Orillia Wind Ensemble



About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario and serves the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond. OSMH is focused on ensuring a healthier future for our communities by providing high quality care closer to home. Medical, surgical and critical care, seniors healthcare services, adult mental health, and paediatric and perinatal care are among the Hospital's recognized areas of expertise. It also specializes in orthopaedic surgery and kidney care. For more information visit www.osmh.on.ca.



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Jaclyn Bucik

Community Relations Specialist

Tel.: 705-325-2201 ext. 3617

E-mail: jabucik@osmh.on.ca

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