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CaroMont Health's Great Eight Recognized


CaroMont Health Announces 2016 Great 100 North Carolina Nurses

Each year, the Great 100 Selections Committee receives hundreds of nominations and carefully reviews each application to determine the list of Great 100 North Carolina Nurses. This prestigious list recognizes nurses who exemplify the true qualities of a nurse, as well as their contributions in the workplace and community. Out of 600 nominations received this year from hospitals and healthcare systems across the state, CaroMont Health is proud to announce that eight of its own nurses have been selected among the 2016 Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina.

“We have all met nurses whose compassion and right words spoken at just the right time stand out from the rest,” said Scott Wells, Chief Nursing Officer at CaroMont Health. “As leaders in their field, these eight nurses are a reflection of our nationally recognized program for nursing excellence and how we genuinely care for our patients and this community.”

Kathleen W. (Katie) Champion, BSN, RN, CHFN is a respected role model and leader, and just as her name implies, she is a true champion for nursing excellence at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Champion has earned a number of prestigious awards during her nursing career spanning more than 44 years. Champion was one of the first certified heart failure nurses in the nation and has been selected by her peers as a Nursing Excellence award recipient three times. Additionally, Champion’s exceptional dedication to the nursing profession earned her the Nightingale award, CaroMont’s highest nursing award, which recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence to the nursing profession. Champion serves a critical role in providing heart failure education on the inpatient side, as well as in the community. Her tenacity resulted in CaroMont being the first in the nation to receive the Advanced Certification for Heart Failure, which recognizes hospitals that meet standards to support better outcomes for patients with heart failure during hospital stays, in transition from the hospital to home and during outpatient care. From one of her peers, “If Katie is working with you as a patient, you will get the things you need because of her care and commitment.”

Allison Hayes BSN, RN, CPN has carried out her passion for helping others through nursing for more than 23 years. Specializing in pediatrics, she continues to inspire and provide patients and their families with excellent nursing care at CaroMont Regional. Humble and a positive role model, Hayes has a way of making patients and their families feel at ease. As such, they trust her to keep them informed about their healthcare situation. Hayes serves on the Pediatric Care Center Committee and was integral in the design of CaroMont’s Emergency Pediatric Care Center, which focuses on transforming the way pediatric patients and their loved ones receive care and treatment for emergency situations. Hayes’ personal success inspires her to give others a leg up so they too can be successful in life. Hayes works with disabled and underprivileged children and supports various fundraisers in the community.

Jennie G. Hogan, RN has earned a reputation among her peers as one who leads by example, emulates the values of nursing and is a friend to all she encounters. Hogan’s 23 years in nursing have offered her direct experience in a number of capacities such as charge nurse, staff educator and now, caring for critical care patients at CaroMont Regional, a position that requires a broad-based background in dealing with extreme illness and various modes of treatment. Regardless of her role, Hogan always puts patients and families first and makes safety a top priority. Hogan was instrumental in leading the Critical Care division through a performance improvement project that resulted in improved national patient safety goals. Beyond work, Hogan is actively involved in her community through volunteering and supporting benevolent causes.

Kimberly Jackson, RN, CCRN is a valued member of the Cardiovascular Short Stay Unit at CaroMont Regional and has more than 31 years of nursing experience. Her dedication to the profession is evident not only through her tenure as a nurse, but also in her certification as a Critical Care Certified Nurse by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Jackson serves on the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Council and is actively involved on the Council for Nursing Practice with a special focus on shared governance. Jackson’s commitment to excellence and professionalism was recognized by her peers on two separate occasions with the coveted Award for Nursing Excellence, a peer-reviewed and evidence-based recognition. A servant at heart, Jackson volunteers as a First Aid Nurse at World Changer, an organization that provides meaningful mission experiences for serving others.

April Hullender BSN, RNC-NIC sets an inspirational tone through compassion, competence and integrity in her role on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) within CaroMont’s Birthplace. Caring for sick or premature newborns is a difficult process technically, mentally and emotionally, but Hullender is dedicated to taking on the important responsibility. She works patiently with each infant and family to ensure excellent care, and she helps to make this transition time for families as positive as possible. Hullender is passionate about team development and her natural leadership ability has offered her many opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise through lectures and as a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) instructor. Hullender also is a Neonatal Intensive Care Certified Nurse, the second nurse to achieve this title at CaroMont’s NICU, and since this time, 25 percent of the NICU team have become certified Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses.

Lisa Marisiddaiah, BSN, RN, FCN has been able to combine her nursing background and certification as a Faith Community Nurse to provide healing, education and spiritual care to individuals in her role as the FaithHealth Ministry Manager at CaroMont. Leveraging her unique experience, Marisiddaiah has been able to forge relationships with faith communities, healthcare providers and community organizations to create a movement of compassionate care and health improvement in the Gaston County community. A life-time learner and achiever, Marisiddaiah continues to find ways to support her position. In 2015, she was distinguished as a Fellow in FaithHealth NC, which recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the health of their community by identifying and addressing social determinants and helping make healthcare more accessible.

Carole Anne Robinson, BSN, RNC is described as joyful, patient and compassionate by her peers, patients and families, and she has invested 30 years of caring for others and bringing excellence to the nursing profession. She maintains two nursing certifications, Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse and Fetal Monitoring, both of which allow her to promote patient safety and achieve optimal outcomes. Robinson also was integral in implementing “Quiet Time” in the Birthplace because she wanted to provide families a designated time to rest during their hospital stay. Robinson is a recipient of the Award for Nursing Excellence and has invested several years as a member of CaroMont’s Council for Nursing Excellence, where she volunteers her time to recognize nurses and their contributions to the profession.

Ann Marie Stuck BSN, RN, BC continues to reinvent and grow professionally even after 31 years working in the field. Among her daily goals, Stuck places great emphasis on patient advocacy and works diligently to keep patients and their families involved in their care so they are able to make more informed decisions about their health. Stuck values excellence and for the past 13 years, she has maintained her Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Moreover, she has completed numerous performance improvement projects that align with her professional ideals. Stuck also volunteers at the Kings Mountain National Military Park as a living history demonstrator. Her time and talent was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the highest honor bestowed upon volunteers that encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

The list of nurse honorees is compiled by The Great 100 Inc., a grassroots, peer recognition organization that honors the nursing profession in North Carolina. The group recognizes nursing excellence and provides scholarships to nursing students across the state. This year’s winners were recognized during a gala on October 15 in Greensboro. Read more at

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