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2016 Hoag Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Rachel Russell, BSN, RNFA

May 5, 2016 ---Rick Martin, Ed.D, MSN, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Hoag, had the honor of presenting the 2016 Nurse of the Year award to Rachel Russell, BSN, RNFA at the annual Hoag Nurse’s Day luncheon on May 5, 2016.

Rachel is a cardiothoracic operating room nurse who has been with Hoag for 20 years. She is being recognized for going above and beyond to provide excellent care for her patients and for her role as a mentor to the team. A former recipient of the DAISY Award, a national recognition for the work nurses do for patients every day, Rachel’s dedication to her patients extends beyond Hoag. She is a board member and volunteer with The Plasticos Foundation, traveling with teams providing surgical services for overseas patients in need. During her trips, she also conducts specialized training for the local surgeons and nurses so that they can continue to care for their patients post-surgery.
Always striving to advance her nursing knowledge and education, Rachel received a scholarship from Hoag to pursue her BSN in 2007.

About Hoag Hospital Foundation

Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s finest health care systems and serves a diverse and growing population. Hoag Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hoag (a separate 501(c)(3) corporation), is an integral partner in Hoag’s vision to become a trusted and nationally recognized health care leader. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation launched Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate &Transform with a goal of $627 million by 2020. Comprehensive in the truest sense of the word, the Hoag Promise campaign encompasses every institute, center and specialty area of Hoag and includes programs, innovation opportunities, research, technology, facilities and staff to drive Hoag’s continued clinical leadership, innovative spirit and transformative potential.

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