KishHealth System Recognizes Nurses of the Year

Katie Eich of Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Dana Seiner of Valley West Community Hospital have been named nurses of the year by KishHealth System. The awards were presented at the recent KishHealth System Employee Recognition Dinner.

Katie Eich, an emergency room nurse, was named KishHealth System’s Nurse of the Year. Eich received her bachelor’s in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She began her career at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and joined KishHealth System in 2005, when she began working in the Medical/Surgical unit at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. She transferred to the Emergency Department in 2007. “I appreciate the diverse opportunities available to me as a nurse, and the ability to be a lifelong learner,” said Eich. “When asked what I do, I am always proud to answer, ‘I’m a nurse.’”

“Katie has the qualities needed to be successful in the face of healthcare reform: incorporating evidence-based medicine while demonstrating patient and family centered care. She’s got it all,” said Pamela Duffy, vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer.

Seiner, nurse and house supervisor received the Pamela Lewis Nurse of the Year Award for Valley West. The award was created in memory of Pamela Lewis, RN, former manager of the Valley West Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care units. After her death in 2006, Lewis’ family created the Pamela Lewis Nursing Fund, which provides the recipient of the Valley West Nurse of the Year monetary support for continuing education.

Seiner received her associate’s degree in nursing from Waubonsee Community College, and completed her Bachelor in Nursing at Northern Illinois University. She began her career in nursing at The Holmstad in Batavia, and came to Valley West in 2000, after wanting a new challenge. “Working with all the wonderful people in all areas allows our patients the best care and makes this hospital a wonderful place to work,” said Seiner.

“At its core, nursing is supportive, productive and protective, and nurses value independence and self-respect, and Dana demonstrates all these things to everyone she encounters,” said Cheryl Fisher, RN, assistant vice president of Patient Care Services. “Co-workers describe her as a resource, a knowledgeable and helpful teacher and coach. For patients, she is an amazing advocate. She is skilled, full of integrity and kindness, and supportive.”

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