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Atlantic General Hospital Celebrates Its Nursing Staff

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The American Nurses Association (ANA) selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care" as the theme for 2013.

National Nurses Week began on May 6 and ended on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. This is always a full week for Atlantic General Hospital and its nursing staff, who celebrate their focus on quality patient care, best practices in nursing and continuing education. This is also the week that those clinicians who go above and beyond are recognized by their peers.

The following awards were bestowed during National Nurses Week:

Nurse of the Year
Karen Christmas, RN, Medical/Surgical Unit

Clinical Associate of the Year
Katelyn Tingle, nurse tech, Medical/Surgical Unit

Transformational Leader
Matt Taylor, RN, IS Clinical Analyst

Team Innovation
Patient Centered Medical Home; and
The ER Team

Rising Star
Nicole Hill, RN, Center for Joint Surgery

Friend of Nursing
Atif Zeeshan, MD, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit

Retired Nurse
Elaine Gilgenast, Hospitalist Program

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 general ophthalmic and retina surgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, 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