FMC receives 2009 Employer Excellence Award

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) recently received the Arizona Nurses Association 2009 Employer Excellence Award. Only one healthcare facility in the state is honored with this award once every two years for outstanding support of nursing and creating a professional environment of nursing practice, education and excellence.

FMC was nominated for the award by Kim Quinlan, R.N., C.N.O.R., operating room nurse educator. Quinlan started working at FMC in 2005 as a nurse traveler, but chose to become a permanent employee because of the training programs and value FMC places on its staff.

"I nominated FMC for this award because FMC promotes nursing research, patient safety and quality improvement initiatives," Quinlan said. "All employees are considered valuable members of the healthcare team and are encouraged to be actively involved in creating systems and processes that work toward making FMC one of the best hospitals in the region."

FMC is a vital regional healthcare resource to the residents and visitors of Northern Arizona. It recognizes nursing education excellence by supporting the pursuit of advanced degrees and specialty certifications of its nurses through its tuition reimbursement and certification pay programs. Innovative approaches to patient care delivery have been put into place such as the reduction in use of contract labor, implementation of the new graduate training programs, use of nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists who provide advanced clinical education to nursing staff.

FMC Chief Nursing Officer Lynn Belcher said, "One of the greatest compliments an organization can receive is to be recognized by peers and experts for your dedication and efforts. FMC is an outstanding healthcare facility staffed by compassionate, dedicated nurses, technicians and other healthcare professionals committed to working together to provide patients and the community the best healthcare in the country."

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