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Published on May 16, 2019

Three Tidelands Health nurses earn prestigious Palmetto Gold awards

Three Tidelands Health nurses earned statewide recognition for excellence in their profession by receiving prestigious Palmetto Gold awards.

Roseann Pelletier of Tidelands Health surgical services, Ken Calagsing of 3 West at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Ashley Griffith, a nurse in the critical care unit at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, received the awards during the 18th Annual Palmetto Gold Gala on April 27 in Columbia.

The awards are conferred by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation to nurses who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Only about 100 nurses throughout South Carolina are honored with Palmetto Gold awards each year.Palmetto award winners

“Earning a Palmetto Gold award is a great honor, and each of these nurses is extremely deserving of the recognition,” said Pam Maxwell, Tidelands Health senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “At Tidelands Health, we are extremely proud of our nursing staff and the outstanding, compassionate care they provide every day to our patients.”

Pelletier was nominated for the award as a nurse leader who displays a positive attitude, is compassionate and promotes safe, evidence-based nursing care.

Pelletier “consistently leads by example. She demonstrates professional expertise, is detail oriented and a strong role model to inspire excellence in nursing,” a colleague wrote in Pelletier’s nomination.

Calagsing sets the tone for his department, encourages co-workers and provides exceptional care, a colleague wrote in his nomination.

He “always arrives to work with a positive attitude and calmness that quickly spreads throughout the department,” the co-worker wrote. “His calm and positive demeanor, his drive to exceed patient expectations and his desire to always raise the bar sets him apart in the nursing profession.”

Griffith is a leader who works with others to improve care practices.

“She advocates for best practice by leading and educating nurses on new practices and procedures. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses,” a colleague wrote in her nomination.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.