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St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center names annual nurse awards

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As part of National Nurses Week and Florence Nightingale's birthday, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco honors their nurses for their commitment to delivering high-level care to the community.

This year, based on the criteria of stewardship, excellence, imagination and compassion, four nurses were selected as the Nurses of the Year: Kathy Black, Trixie VanderSchaaff, Jackie Macy and Stephanie Seabrook.

Kathy Black was chosen because of her stewardship. The long-standing registered nurse works in the operating room of the hospital. She is known for cultivating a spirit of excellence among her coworkers by being the first to accept additional assignments. According to hospital personnel, her commitment to mentoring new employees and improving the health-care team at the hospital is unquestioned.

Trixie VanderShcaaff was recognized for her overall excellence. As the director of inpatient services, her leadership is said to raise the bar on professionalism and exemplifies the compassion, innovation and quality that contributes to the hospital's high aims of care. Recognized by her staff as an inspirational leader, she fosters an environment of critical thinkers who collaborate to find solutions. According to the hospital, she has always been an outstanding advocate for patient care and is known for her efforts in delivering top-notch service at SASMC.

Jackie Macy was conferred the award because of her imagination. Hospital personnel say she often causes others around her to raise their level because of her optimistic attitude and calm demeanor. She is known for being instrumental in taking on challenges and breaking them down into solvable issues using creativity. Her noted ability to keep outwardly stressful situations from changing her pleasant and thoughtful demeanor is why her fellow associates feel honored to work alongside her.

Stephanie Seabrook was recognized for her compassion. She works in the obstetric department and, like all labor and delivery nurses at the hospital, is tasked with helping patients through very emotional times. With the hospital's Nurses Day acknowledgement held on Nightingale's birthday, perhaps no one better represents the high standard of compassionate care set by this model than her, said hospital staff. Colleagues say her ability to always lend a hand and understand the emotional demands of her patients is matched only by her vibrant and positive outlook.

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