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Published on February 17, 2012

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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Murrells Inlet, SC - Two Georgetown Hospital System nurses were named winners of the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award which recognizes the top 100 nurses in South Carolina.

Tracie Horry, RN, BSN of Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Emily Sullivan, RN, BSN of Waccamaw Community Hospital both received the award that is presented for excellence in nursing practices and commitment to the nursing profession. Ms. Horry and Ms. Sullivan 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 delighted to have two Palmetto Gold Award Winners at Georgetown Hospital System,” said Chief Nursing Officer, Georgetown Hospital System & Administrator, Patient Care Services Georgetown Memorial Hospital Ann Waters, RN, MS, MSN. 

“These individuals are dedicated and compassionate nurses who are very deserving of this designation,” added Pam Maxwell, RN, BSN Administrator, Patient Care Services – Waccamaw Community Hospital.

Ms. Horry is an active member of the South Carolina Nursing Association and an active member of the SCRUBS initiative which emphasizes the importance of organ donation.  She serves on numerous patient care improvement committees in the hospital system and mentors young girls in the community through a program called “Saturday School”, which teaches basic life skills.

Ms. Sullivan is a member of Intercultural Nursing, a medical mission organization in where she participates in annual nursing medical missions to Guatemala.  She serves on Waccamaw Community Hospital’s Shared Governance council, which assists in improving patient care.  In addition, Ms. Sullivan is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society and participates in marathon running as a way to raise awareness for medical causes.

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 its charitable, scientific, literary and educational role. This program offers nurse employers across the state the opportunity to nominate outstanding nurses. 


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