Published on November 28, 2017

Three North Kansas City Hospital Nurses Win ‘Nurse of the Year’ Award

The sixth Annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards honored three North Kansas City Hospital nurses November 11. Over 700 nurses from Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area were nominated, but just one nurse was named Nurse of the Year in each of the 22 categories. North Kansas City Hospital’s Ginny Doelling, Rebecca Murrell and Janel Zion won top honors, while 16 other NKCH nurses were recognized as finalists.

Ginny Doelling, RN, won Nurse of the Year in the Long Term Acute Care/Rehabilitation/ Geriatrics category. A nurse for 30 years, Ginny works in NKCH’s Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program. She was directly involved in helping the program obtain certification from the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, a rigorous process involving evidence-based practices and patient outcomes. A patient who received care from Ginny said, “She cares deeply for the quality of our lives. My experience at rehab would not have been as miraculous without her!”

Rebecca Murrell, BSN, won Nurse of the Year in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category. Having worked at NKCH for 34 years, she is a supervisor for Home Health with oversight of their infection control program. Rebecca led a performance improvement team to successfully reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 64 percent per 1,000 catheter days. “Rebecca gives 100% to everything that she does, always making sure every task is completed at the highest level possible,” said a co-worker. “We are very lucky to have her.”

Janel Zion, MSN, won Nurse of the Year in the Women’s Health category. Janelle works in Maternal Child Health Services at NKCH. She led a multiphase project to reduce post-partum bleeding, which involved developing policies and procedures. As a result of the standardization, there was a decrease in units of blood needed per patient, earlier recognition of post-partum bleeding and increased staff confidence during these potentially life-threatening situations.

“Nurses are champions for our patients, and this is a great opportunity to recognize them and the outstanding care they provide,” said Sarah Oakley, vice president and chief nursing officer at NKCH. “Our deserving finalists and winners go above and beyond with their leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care.”

The public plays an important role in the Nurse of the Year nomination process. Anyone who values the care and support they received from a nurse can submit a nomination. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of healthcare professionals throughout the state who use a blind judging process for anonymity.

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 492 physiciansrepresenting 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs. The hospital's oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Centerprovides patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with more than 140 physicians and 30 advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellnessprograms. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.