Hospital cites three nurses


BRIDGTON – Bridgton Hospital recognized three employees on May 10 for their commitment to patient-care excellence through the new employee recognition GEMS (Growth, Enthusiasm, Motivation and Spirit) Program. The awards were presented to Nancy Murphy, RN, Barbara Henley, RN, and Heidi Mercer, RN, during National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week.

The GEMS Program has five major objectives: improve the quality of patient care and customer service, honor the clinical disciplines from novice to expert, provide a sustainable recognition and reward program, provide a process of recognition with clear, measurable and attainable criteria, and promote the retention and recruitment of highly motivated professionals committed to excellence.

Bobbi Cribby, RN, director of acute care services, and John Ludwig, vice president for administration, hosted the reception to present the trio with their GEMS awards and recognition pins.

Department managers Jill Rollins, RN, inpatient services, and Donna Joyce, RN, presented the awards to their colleagues. Murphy and Henley attained the diamond status in the program, the highest level attainable, and Mercer was awarded the ruby status. The regional professional advancement subcommittee administers the program.

Murphy has been employed at Bridgton Hospital for nine years. She is a nurse in the critical care department. Mercer has been employed at Bridgton Hospital for 15 years. She is an inpatient unit and surgical services unit nurse. Henley has been employed at Bridgton Hospital for 3 years. She is a nurse in the obstetrics and inpatient unit.