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Nurse of 17 Years at HealthSouth Sewickley Named Companywide Award Recipient


Kate BollmanKate Bollman, CRRN, a charge nurse at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley, has been a nurse for 17 years, working three 12 hour shifts Friday through Sunday caring for patients recovering from major illnesses and injuries such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations reach goals and reclaim their independence.

Affectionately known by the staff at the hospital as “Earth Mama” for her calming presence, Kate uses her disposition to encourage patients and coworkers, even hosting family-style meals each weekend at the hospital for her “second family.” Kate’s dedication and willingness to help others succeed has put her in the spotlight as the recipient of HealthSouth’s overall Outstanding Employee Achievement Award.

Kate, one of only six finalists out of more than 27,000 HealthSouth employees, received this annual recognition and was honored at an award banquet held yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Award winners are selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of the 121 hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six finalists were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the company. 

“Kate provides a true sense of stability at the hospital,” said HealthSouth Sewickley CEO Leah Laffey. “She takes on a leadership role on the weekends and makes the nursing unit her responsibility. She may not get to spend the weekend with her family, but everyone at HealthSouth Sewickley is made to feel part of this family when she’s here.” 

Kate was selected as HealthSouth Sewickley’s 2015 Cameos of Caring award winner, honoring exceptional bedside nurses in western Pennsylvania. She participates in three of HealthSouth Sewickley’s committees for The Joint Commission certified disease-specific care programs including brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and amputee rehabilitation.

To learn more about Kate, view this brief video here.

Source: HealthSouth

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