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Nurse receives patient safety award

New Britain [May 18 2011] - Christine Proffitt, R.N., received The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Excellence in Patient Safety Award at a special dinner and awards ceremony May 12.

Proffitt, a nurse in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) at HCC’s New Britain General campus, was one of seven nurses nominated for the award. The award recognizes a nurse who works to improve safety by helping to implement safety programs; educating peers about safe environments; advocating for patients; and encouraging patients to be involved in their care.

In nominating Proffitt, her peers noted her involvement in a project to enhance pre-surgery safety checks. Proffitt ensured that procedures were in place and that nurses, physicians and other staff were well educated and trained.

“She is enthusiastic about her active role, and is proud to promote this effort that obviously enhances the best and safest patient care, which is our ultimate goal,” ASU staff wrote in their nomination.

Other Patient Safety Award nominees were R.N.s: Lois Barrett, Special Care Nursery; Carol Buckley, Critical Care; Barbara Kimsza-Mendes, Critical Care; Aimee Marscok, Newborn Nursery; Monika Nelson, Emergency Department; and Nicole Worrell, Labor & Delivery.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366

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