Nurses of the Year 2010
Thursday May 13, 2010
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named two staff members as “Nurses of the Year” for 2010. Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.
The 2009 winner in the Clinical Nurse category is Patty Ashley, RN. Patty joined the department in 2000 and works in the Office of Vaccines and Immunizations. Patty was named for her work during the H1N1 flu immunization campaign. During that campaign the Department of Public Health and Wellness directly immunized more than 78,000 children and adults, distributed another 228,000 vaccine doses to 351 hospitals and health care providers throughout the community and provided vaccine for an unprecedented 42% of the population. Patty oversaw the reception, storage and distribution of vaccine to all hospitals and medical providers in Louisville as well as to Public Health and Wellness sites and to 195 public, parochial and private schools.
“Patty was absolutely indispensible during the H1N1 campaign,” said Public Health and Wellness Medical Director Dr. Matt Zahn. “She went well above and beyond the call of duty working long, long hours. Her outstanding communication skills kept a continuous flow of information on vaccine supplies going out to providers in the community. Everybody in the department trusts Patty’s expertise as a top-notch immunization nurse. She has a tremendous combination of clinical and administrative skills that make her invaluable.”
Patty Ashley lives in the Audubon Park area.
The winner in the Outreach Nurse category is Beverly Hoover, RN. Beverly, who joined the department in 2000, serves in the pediatric-adolescent program and represents the department on several multi-agency initiatives. She serves on the department’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review and on the on the coroner’s Child Fatality Review. She has also been a case management nurse for Healthy Start and Mommy and Me and a service coordinator in the First Steps program.
“Beverly has been instrumental in getting our Fetal Infant Mortality review restarted in Jefferson County,” said Zahn. “She has worked diligently in building the needed partnerships in our community to move the program forward and has very successfully worked with staff of the Kentucky Department for Public Health on an ongoing basis. Beverly is a talented professional who is always willing to assist with special projects. She is a dedicated and caring nurse.”
Beverly Hoover lives in Hikes Point.