FARMINGTON — On May 6, in coordination with national nurses’ day, nursing leaders and peers recognized seven Franklin Memorial Hospital nurses as outstanding. They were nominated for the FMH’s fourth annual Excellence in Nursing Award.

Recognized were: Billie Jo Peterson, Emergency Department; Hope Willis, Medical/Surgical; Sharon Fournier, Franklin Health Orthopaedics; Barbara O’Reilly, Surgical Services; Kelly Alley, Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center; Jenny Fournier, Surgical Services; and Mary Sennott, Medical/Surgical.

Rebecca Wood, FMH interim chief nursing officer, also recognized the individuals who took the time to nominate a nurse. They included Nancy Walters, Roger Wells, Kellie Gats, Alice Vanderwerken, Kayla Allen and Jessica Jewett.

At the end of the ceremony, Hope Willis was named recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Award. She was cited for her depth of nursing knowledge and being an excellent coach, preceptor and resource for staff. For patients, she tirelessly listens to patients’ fears and concerns, advocates for their needs, and has a gift for putting patients and their families at ease.

Special recognition was also given to employees Joline Hart, vice president human resources, and Michael Senecal, NorthStar director, who were declared honorary nurses for the immeasurable support each has given to nursing staff.

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