Valley hospital nurse receives Cameos of Caring Award

May 16, 2017
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The 2017 Cameos of Caring nominees at Monongahela Valley Hospital were, front row, from left, Georgette Fergusson, Amanda Turnbull, Bonnie Luft, Wanittia Anderson, award winner Gay Jannotta, Holly Giordano and Rebekah Lonce; and back row, Robert Reiland, Aaron Sutch, Ryan Wilson, Ashley Monack, Eryn Thomas and Susan Gavaghan.
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Gay Jannotta, a registered nurse at Monongahela Valley Hospital, left, receives the Cameos of Caring Award from Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of nursing.

Monongahela Valley Hospital last week hosted a nurse appreciation breakfast to celebrate and thank its nurses.

On her 36-year employment anniversary at MVH, Gay Jannotta of the Coronary Care Unit was named the winner of the 2017 Cameos of Caring Award by Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of nursing.

Accepting the award to a standing ovation, Jannotta thanked MVH, saying, “My co-workers and the hospital have been really good to me. We are just ordinary people trying to do extraordinary things.”

Jannotta finds the most satisfying aspect of her nursing career is the teamwork that occurs when providing care to critically ill patients. Among her many strengths is the ability to help patients and their families who are confused, anxious and frightened to navigate the unfamiliar health care system. She applies her knowledge, demonstrates empathy and shares her contagious laugh.

“In the years of providing nursing care at MVH, she has been committed to a lifestyle of caring,” Murt said. “She has a deep commitment to the exceptional care and personal touch given to each patient.”

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, the Cameos of Caring Award recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing care, serve as advocates for patients and families and embody the essence of the nursing profession.

The 2017 MVH nominees for the Cameo of Caring Award were:

• Wanittia Anderson, registered nurse, 3-PCU;

• Georgette Ferguson, registered nurse, same-day surgery;

• Susan Gavaghan, registered nurse, operating room;

• Holly Giordano, registered nurse, 6-East;

• Rebekah Lonce, registered nurse, 6-West;

• Bonnie Luft, registered nurse, behavioral health;

• Ashley Monack, registered nurse, 7-East;

• Kevin Newman, registered nurse, 7-West;

• Robert Reiland, registered nurse, PACU;

• Aaron Sutch, registered nurse, emergency department;

• Eryn Thomas, registered nurse, ICU;

• Amanda Turnbull, registered nurse, 5-West;

• Ryan Wilson, registered nurse, cath lab/special procedures.

Jannotta will represent Mon Valley Hospital at the 19th annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala Nov. 4 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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