MDH & SRC Announce Award Winners


Macomb-McDonough District Hospital (MDH) and Spoon River College (SRC) are pleased to announce Natasha Abernathy of Macomb is the recipient of the Student Nurse of the Year award and Patty Gutting of Bardolph has received the Nurse of the Year award. The awards were presented at a reception on April 30 at MDH in honor of the Spoon River College School of Nursing students from the Macomb campus who will graduate this month with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).

Abernathy was selected as the Student Nurse of the Year by MDH nurses and SRC faculty for her academic achievements, leadership potential, and clinical ability. Abernathy’s nominator says, “Natasha showed great enthusiasm to the nursing field and initiative when performing nursing tasks. She is compassionate and professional to patients and staff.”

“My interest in nursing started in high school when one of my family members became sick. I started to research the disease and that really sparked my interest. I decided to take the CNA class and absolutely loved it. I work with the elderly every day and it’s great. From there I decided to do nursing and I love it!” said Abernathy.

MDH has been a clinical site for the Spoon River College School of Nursing Program Macomb campus for 38 years. Tobie Richey, Recruiter for MDH Human Resources states, “MDH benefits significantly from the recruitment of the outstanding SRC nursing graduates each year. We are pleased to recognize Natasha’s achievements as the 2012 recipient of this award."

The Nurse of the Year award recognizes an outstanding LPN or RN from MDH who has been involved with the clinical training of the SRC nursing students. The award is based upon the nurse’s generosity with nursing students, integrity with the care of clients, mentoring ability with students, and knowledge of nursing.

Patty Gutting, LPN, was selected as Nurse of the Year by students in the second year nursing program. Gutting started her career at MDH in December 1990, and received the MDH APPLE (Employee of the Month) award in April 1994. She is a graduate of Carl Sandburg College.

Interacting with patients and seeing them get better is what Gutting said she enjoys most about being a nurse. She also said, “I really enjoy working with the student nurses, it’s nice to see them grow each year.”

In nominating Gutting, the students praised her for going above and beyond in helping the nursing students to achieve their clinical goals. “She is a very good teacher by questioning us to help enhance our learning during our clinical rotation. She has a positive attitude.”

SpoonRiver College offers a two-year, Associate Degree in Nursing program on the college’s Macomb and Canton campuses.  After the first year of coursework, students can sit for the Practical Nursing licensure exam and obtain their LPN certification. After completion of the second year, the students are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse licensure exam.

To learn more about the nursing program, contact the SRC nursing department at (309) 649-6227. For more information about careers at MDH, contact Human Resources at 309-836-1577.

Spoon River College School of Nursing 2012 graduates of the Macomb campus were honored at a reception at MDH on April 30.

Pictured, left to right- Front row: Ma Lin, JoAngela Kiley, Carol Shaughnessy, Kayla Sipes, Sarah Chenoweth, and Erik Byers. Back Row: Staci Havens, Jenna Fowler, Shelby Bowers, Veronica Nichols, Rachel Malone, Natasha Abernathy, Amanda Stoll, Sarah Skiles, Angel Miller, Lanissa Savage, Stevie Ashcraft, Sarah Gossage, LaDawna Royer, and Derrick Bradford.

MDH and SRC personnel presented awards to the Student Nurse of the Year and Nurse of the Year.

Pictured, left to right: Juliet Williams, SRC Nursing Instructor; Penny Pollock, SRC Nursing Instructor; Cheryl Hoffman, SRC Dean of Nursing; Patty Gutting; Natasha Abernathy; Wanda Foster, VP/Chief Nursing Executive at MDH; Kenny Boyd, MDH President/ CEO.

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