POULSBO — Patty Cochrell of Poulsbo is the March of Dimes’ 2012 Distinguished Nurse of the Year.
Cochrell, a registered nurse, is senior vice president of quality and operations, and chief nursing officer, for Harrison Medical Center.
Cochrell was honored at the March of Dimes Washington Chapter’s 10th annual Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards, Nov. 15 at Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue.
Awards were presented in 13 categories. Harrison staff members were nominated in three.
According to the March of Dimes, the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award is awarded to RNs who have demonstrated leadership and expertise throughout their career in the areas of patient care, community service and advocacy.
“Patty is an exceptional nursing leader with great vision and broad regional influence, and this recognition exemplifies her passion for nursing and her significant, genuine contributions to our patients and community,” said Scott Bosch, Harrison’s president and CEO.
An excerpt from Cochrell’s nomination:
“Patty is a champion for nursing development … she has been instrumental for bringing advanced education to the peninsula. …She loves being a nurse. She makes a difference through her commitment beyond the work environment and community.”
These are the nominees from Harrison and the categories in which they were nominated.
— Patty Cochrell: Distinguished Nurse of the Year.
— Rebekah Mawrence: Leadership.
— Denise Yager: Leadership.
— Donna Rodger: Patient/Clinical Care.
“Our congratulations to Patty, Rebekah, Denise and Donna for this well-deserved recognition,” Bosch said.
“Harrison is truly fortunate to have such an outstanding team of nursing professionals who provide outstanding clinical and compassionate care.”