DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System recently hosted its sixth-annual Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony at Henry Ford Hospital. Seven registered nurses from Henry Ford were honored for their dedication to patients, the community and the health system.
The categories of the award are based upon the health system’s seven performance pillars, all of which are critical to Henry Ford’s mission of improving people's lives through excellence in the science and art of health care and healing – each patient first. The performance pillars include: People, Service, Quality & Safety, Growth, Research & Education, Community and Finance.
“Recipients of the Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Awards embody the vision of Henry Ford Health System, and through their actions, they advance the professional field of nursing,” said Veronica Hall, R.N., chief nursing officer of Henry Ford Health System.
The 2017 Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award recipients by category are:
- People: Denise Nash, R.N., Community Care Services
- Service: Regina Clifford, R.N., Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
- Quality & Safety: Laura Lenihan, R.N., Community Care Services
- Growth: Tracy Bridgen, R.N., Henry Ford Hospital
- Research & Education: Catherine Jackman, R.N., Henry Ford Hospital
- Community: Brian Metzger, R.N., Community Care Services
- Finance: Cynthia Tyzo, R.N., Community Care Services
A selection committee comprising nurse executives from throughout the health system selected the award winners, who were nominated by their colleagues. The nominations were blinded to ensure winners were selected based solely upon the merit of the nominee.
Established in 2012, the award was named in honor of Clara Ford, who was instrumental in the opening of the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1925.