2 Durham residents honored by Wake Med

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

Two Durham residents have been named WakeMed Circle of Excellence Award winners, the hospital system’s highest employee honor.  It is bestowed upon those who fully embrace WakeMed’s policies and culture of safety, produce quality work in an efficient manner, communicate clearly and participate in process improvement initiatives.

The 98 winners were nominated by fellow employees for outstanding performance in five categories directly linked to WakeMed’s strategic plan including: quality outcomes, unsurpassed service, workforce excellence, market development and fiscal responsibility.

The two Circle of Excellence Award winners who call Durham home, Nursing Administrator Jill Whade and Occupational Therapist Kelly Kucin, were both recognized under the workforce excellence category. 

In addition to her responsibilities as nursing administration manager, Whade is WakeMed’s magnet coordinator, leading the system’s efforts toward achieving magnet status, a recognition developed by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center for health care organizations that provide excellence in nursing and represent the highest level of quality care and service.  She also works to improve communication among nurses and serves as a mentor and role model to many WakeMed staff.

As the clinical specialist for stroke patients, Kucin goes above and beyond by offering more than the required bi-monthly classes, and regularly volunteers to work with occupational therapy students and new staff. She recognizes the importance of consistent care and documentation for stroke patients across all therapies and worked to develop standards for everyone to follow.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh.  The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties.