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

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After encountering a traumatic car accident on a freeway, she risked death by rushing to check for survivors. As she waited for emergency personnel to arrive, she comforted and encouraged the lone survivor, making sure he concentrated on her instead of the horrible scene around him. Today he lives.

National Winner -- Gary Dean Parker, Ph.D, MS, BSN -- Mercy Health Center,

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

After a young woman died in his ER from self-inflicted wounds, he became a crusader against suicide, the second leading cause of death for young Oklahomans. Through extensive research, Parker became an instrumental part of the training process for youth suicide prevention and intervention programs in place by the state and has taught more than 2,200 doctors, nurses, teachers and school counselors. Mercy Health Center adopted his program and one of the state's premier nursing schools now includes it in their curriculum. He has presented his findings on a state level and at an international health conference in China.

Licensed Practical Nurses/Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs)

Grand Prize Winner -- Fawn Fitz, LPN -- Community Memorial Healthcenter,

South Hill, Virginia

Rushing through a crowded airport, Fitz encountered a man lying on the floor, seemingly lifeless. With the ability to stay calm in a life-threatening situation, Fitz began administering CPR. After learning that the airport had an Automatic External Defibrillator, she used the device to shock the man twice. He finally began to regain his heart rhythm before paramedics arrived.

Top National Winner -- Margaret Stewart, LPN -- Barberton Citizens

Hospital, Barberton, Ohio

When a colleague's husband experienced renal failure, Stewart contacted a transplant coordinator and had herself tested as a possible donor. She was a match and donated her kidney. During her complicated 13-month recovery, Stewart still managed to extend her sincere compassio
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