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National 'Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award' Winners Announced
Date:10/3/2007

chmark, Talley took an existing wound care program to the next level by first initiating a one-on-one mentoring process with the RN skin team. With Talley leading the team's outreach activity, the percentage of medical patients with hospital-acquired pressure ulcers dropped from 10 percent to three percent.

Top National Winner -- Robyn Anderson, APRN, BC-PC -- James J. Peters VA

Medical Center, Bronx, New York

Anderson uses her kindness and compassion to reach and treat veterans besieged by aggression, personality disorders and mental illnesses. She is admired for her ability to develop personal connections with her patients, often by providing a comforting ear and giving them hope and encouragement at a time when they need it most.

Registered Nurses (RNs)

Grand Prize Winner -- Joan Delk, RN, BSN, COHN-S -- Moses Cone Regional

Cancer Center, Greensboro, North Carolina

Delk formed a strong bond with a female patient from Sudan who was being treated for Acute Leukemia. Discovering the woman had no family in the United States, Delk took it upon herself to create a comfortable place for the patient to stay by inviting the woman into her own home. Additionally, Delk worked with government officials to have the patient's brother brought to the U.S. to serve as a bone marrow donor for his sister.

Top National Winner -- Brenda Spurling, RN, BSN -- Veterans Administration

Healthcare System, Batavia, New York

Spurling understands the need to feel connected to home while in a medical facility. As nurse manager of the Veteran's Administration Healthcare System's dementia unit, Spurling transformed the once medically-modeled facility into a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for the patients who reside there. Now called "Pine Lodge," the colorful unit has a lounge area, mock fireplace and offers plenty of activities for residents.

National Winner -- Tracy Mauro, RN, BSN -- Medical Center of Plano, Plano,

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