A total of 20 nurses across Memorial Hermann earned recognition among the best in their profession in the region, including Melissa Evans, RN, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, who was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, 19 other Memorial Hermann nurses across the System were named to the Chronicle’s overall Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” 2017 list.
Each May during National Nurses Week – which aligns with the birthday week of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing – the Houston Chronicle honors the role nurses play in delivering care to the Houston community with its annual “Salute to Nurses” list. Hundreds of nurses are nominated by the Houston community and nominees are then selected by a panel. From the official nominees, 10 outstanding nursing professionals are chosen to be honored as greater Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year.
“As we celebrate National Nurses Week, we thank and appreciate all of our nurses across the System who serve the Houston community and deliver compassionate, high quality care to our patients. We also want to congratulate all who made the Top 150 ‘Salute to Nurses’ 2017 list,” said Chuck Stokes, RN, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hermann. “Nurses are the backbone of our System and we are humbled to have one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year, Melissa Evans, as part of the Memorial Hermann family.”
Evans joined Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2013 as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). As an empathetic caregiver, Evans consistently goes above and beyond in treating her patients and their families with the utmost care during the most difficult times.
“I am truly humbled to receive this recognition for doing something I am so passionate about,” she said. “Being a PICU nurse allows me to be there for our youngest and most fragile patients when they are at their most vulnerable, and for their families in a time of pain and uncertainty. I have an unwavering passion for helping others and I am fortunate I get to serve others every single day.”
Also included among this year’s Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” list were:
Anton De Guzman, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Intermediate Care Unit
Bethany Stanley, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Brad Rush, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Emergency Center
Bridgette Singleton, Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Labor & Delivery
Carol Seamon, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Patient Care Unit
Debbie Myers, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Emergency Center
Debra Raven, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Intensive Care Unit
Gabrielle Edquilang, Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Mollie Smith, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Endoscopy
Mujeetbat Kareem, Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Labor & Delivery
Norah Kibagendi, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Patient Care Unit
Pamela Block, Memorial Hermann Medical Group, Physicians at Sugar Creek
Rommel Langit, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Emergency Center
Rose Ann Rolland,Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Labor & Delivery
Ruby Herrera, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Intensive Care Unit
Senobia Campbell, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Stacey Dotter, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center
Vonna Gonzalez, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Intermediate Care Unit
Yolanda Russell, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Medical Surgical Unit
Memorial Hermann employs more than 8,000 nurses across the System’s hospitals and hundreds of diagnostic and specialty centers. At Memorial Hermann, nurses have a culture of collaboration and are offered career advancement opportunities and cross-training, as well as enhanced benefits available to all employees.