Jerria Carter, RN, Named Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Patient Choice Award Winner
Gadsden, Alabama – Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Patient Choice Award winner for 2010 touches the lives of many patients and families at the most difficult time in their lives. Jerria Carter, radiation oncology nurse at GRMC Cancer Center was named Patient Choice winner after being nominated by patients and her colleagues. The Patient Choice Award (PCA) recognizes the exceptional care, comfort and compassion offered by the nurses at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, and honors one nurse in particular.
Carter was selected from 18 nominated nurses.
As part of National Nurse’s Week, Carter was presented with the GRMC PCA at a special hospital ceremony. Those who nominated Carter stressed her caring for patients and their families and sincerity of her concern.
“When you are worried and shaken about having to be at the Cancer Center, it is a joy to meet Jerria. She is there everyday with a smile, a comforting word, and concern for your well-being,” another patient wrote.
“We had several great nominations for the 2010 Patient Choice Award and I am very proud of all of them,” GRMC Chief Nursing Officer Donna Nicholson said. “Our winner, Jerria Carter, has been a nurse for 37 years. She had multiple nominations from patients, families and coworkers. Jerria truly exhibits our Community Cares Standards of Behavior.”
Here are a few quotes from those who nominated Jerria for this award,” Nicholson said. “She has the kindest and most compassionate spirit; love for the patients can be seen in her eyes … her deeds are straight from the heart … she cares for everyone and will go out of her way … Jerria shows true caring and compassion and definitely demonstrates a warm hand of service … she volunteers here time with the TOUCH program and the Look Good… Feel Better Program …”
Nicholson said it was an honor to recognize Carter with this award. Carter’s co-workers in the Cancer Center said she helps patients with skin care, education and counseling in addition to her regular nursing duties, and helps them with nutrition issues, social work issues and insurance issues. Her co-workers said she is a counselor, inspirer, coach, teacher, mother and friend.