Berlin, Md. - Atlantic General recently recognized Paula Dize, RN, CCRN, as its Nurse
of the Year for 2018, as well as Regina Bailey, a tech in the AGH Med-Surg
department and the recipient of the 2018 Friend of Nursing award.
National surveys continue to place nurses at the top when it comes to the
most trusted profession, according to
Gallup polls measuring honesty and ethics in various fields. It is through the actions
and words of nurses that trust between provider and patient is developed,
and this is especially important in Maryland, where healthcare organizations
have been working hard to anticipate the needs of patients and communities
on a deeper level.
Often it is the nurse who is able to forge the connection that puts an
emotional and professional face to Atlantic General Hospital.
Dize received multiple nominations by her fellow AGH associates. One nomination
stated “her commitment to our facility shows in her manner of support
towards her patients and her professionalism.”
Dize is described as a nurse who exceeds in her leadership roles.
“She treats her patients as if they were her own family,” stated
one of her fellow AGH associates.
“Described as a mentor, an educator, a leader and someone who inspires
passion, the nominations cited multiple examples of care above and beyond
the call of duty and teaching expertise towards her colleagues. She makes
me proud to be in the nursing profession as a leader alongside a rising
leader,” added Colleen Wareing, chief nursing officer and vice president
of patient care services at Atlantic General Hospital.
On receiving the Nurse of the Year award, Dize said, "I am honored
and grateful to be a part of the AGH family. I feel very privileged to
work with such talented and passionate individuals. Being recognized by
my colleagues for a job that I love is an amazing and humbling experience.”
Other nominees included Amy Bohtling, Kelli Duckett, Mary Wilgus, Shannon
Simpson, Tanna Bryant, Nettie Widgeon, Wendi McDonough, and Bev Ward.
A subcommittee of the Professional Nurse Council selects the recipient
from a pool of those nominated by fellow AGH associates and previous DAISY nurses.
The 2018 Friend of Nursing award recipient, Regina Bailey, was nominated
by multiple staff for going above and beyond in patient care, as well
as taking pride in what she does. One of her nominations said, “She
comes to work with a bright smile and is always positive.”
Mary Mullins, chair of the Professional Nurses Council at AGH, stated,
“It was a great year for the nursing nominations with outstanding
submissions to choose from.”
“Without excellent partners, techs, CNAs, MOAs, etc., we cannot be
great nurses,” stated Wareing.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties
since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md.,
combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology
and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery,
orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune
disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic
center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary
care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout
the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit
(From L to R): Niki Morris, 2017 Nurse of the Year; Colleen Wareing, chief
nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at AGH; the
2018 Atlantic General Hospital Nurse of the Year, Paula Dize, RN, CCRN;
Atif Zeeshan, Intensivist in the ICU; and Scott Rose, Stroke Center Director.
(From L to R): Dr. Gregory Stamnas; The 2017 AGH Friend of Nursing recipient,
Nick Bartolomeo; The 2018 AGH Friend of Nursing recipient, Regina Bailey;
and Colleen Wareing, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient
care services at AGH.