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Beebe Medical Center honors 3 nurses at recognition ceremony


Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., recently presented three nursing awards named after longtime Beebe nurses.

This year’s award winners are Allison Clobes, RN, OCN, The Eleanor P. Cordrey Award for Nursing Excellence; Donna Anderson, RN, CIC, The Bonnie Austin Award for Nursing Leadership; and Teresa Hitchens, RN, BSN, CPHQ, CNOR, The Connie Bushey Award for Nursing Scholarship.

Clobes started working at Beebe Medical Center as a nurse tech in 1997, and by 2001, she transferred to Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center. In 2011 she advanced to become a process-improvement nurse. She has lead several process-improvement efforts and serves on the hand-hygiene team, the patient satisfaction team and the council of quality and safety. She also works with Beebe’s Population Health Department, going into the community to perform free health screenings.

“She consistently exhibits behavior that demonstrates excellent clinical and critical-thinking skills,” Tunnell Cancer Center Nurse Manager Brandi Carr, RN, BSN, OCN, wrote when she nominated Clobes. “It is evident through her work that her clinical knowledge is at the forefront of the latest technologies and that she utilizes this knowledge for the best patient outcomes.”

Anderson graduated from Beebe School of Nursing in 1969 and immediately joined the hospital as a nurse. In 1979, she developed and implemented the hospital’s infection control program and has been responsible for it ever since. She most recently served on committees that developed Delaware’s “Guidelines for the Management of Multidrug Resistant and Other Epidemiologically Important Organisms along the Health Care Continuum for residential care facilities.

“Her dedication to our patients and the care we provide has been her primary goal for over 30 years,” Ann Smith, RN, BS, CPHQ, director of quality, and Barb Moulinier, MA, HACP, quality analyst and accreditation specialist, wrote in the nomination letter. “She serves as a mentor, educating others so they may benefit from her years of experience. … She has an unfailing commitment to instill best practices among health professionals so patients receive the best care possible.”

Hitchens has worked at Beebe Medical Center for 25 years. She has worked closely with surgical teams on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Surgical Care Improvement Project. Her participation in Beebe’s Nursing Urinary Catheter Discontinuation Protocol resulted in a decrease of infections. She has educated new employees about the National Hospital Quality Measures and is a member of the surgical site infection prevention team.

“She uses current, evidence-based research to create tools that assist our staff in providing the best clinical outcomes for our patients,” quality team member Margaretta Dorey, RN, BSN, who nominated her for the award, wrote. “Her passion for learning and excellence makes her the perfect candidate for this award.”


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