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Published on February 25, 2008

Georgetown Memorial Hospital Nurse Recognized Among Top 100 Nurses in South Carolina with Palmetto Gold Award

Monday, February 25, 2008

Georgetown, SC - A Georgetown Memorial Hospital nurse has been named a winner of a prestigious state award recognizing the top 100 nurses in South Carolina.

Critical Care Nurse Melanie Johnston, CCRN was recognized for excellence in practice and honored with the Palmetto Gold Award by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation, Inc.  This designation is presented for excellence in nursing practices and commitment to the nursing profession. Ms. Johnston will join other award winners who will be honored during the Palmetto Gold Gala to be held in April in Columbia. Contributions of the winners will be highlighted throughout the year on the Palmetto Gold website.

“We are thrilled to have our third Palmetto Gold winner at Georgetown Memorial Hospital,” said GMH Critical Care Clinical Director Carlette Stewart. “Melanie is a dedicated and compassionate nurse who is very deserving of this designation,” Stewart added.

Ms. Johnston has been a local and national member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) since October 2003 and is currently a board member for the local Chapter of AACN.  She is a member of the hospital’s Ethics Committee, the Critical Care Committee and the Nursing Leadership Council for Head Nurses at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She also serves on the (QFT) Quality Focus Team.  Ms. Johnston has also reached a milestone in achieving the CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification. 

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation began the Palmetto Gold Award and scholarship recognition program in 2002. The program was formed to showcase the valuable contributions nurses make to patient care in our state and raising funds to endow scholarships for registered nurse students are the purpose of this organization. Established in 1974, SCNF is one of the oldest nursing endowments in the country and continues in it charitable, scientific, literary and educational role. This program offers nurse employers across the state the opportunity to nominate outstanding nurses.

Since the program’s inception, Georgetown Hospital System nurses to receive the Palmetto Gold honor include Carlette Stewart, RN, BSN, MSN, Critical Care Clinical Director, and Critical Care RN Kendra Newman.


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