Health Care Heroes: Nurse | WilmingtonBiz

Honors a nurse whose performance is viewed as exemplary by patients, colleagues and other healthcare providers.


GWEN DEININGER

title: Administrative Coordinator, Labor and Delivery and High-Risk Antepartum; Registered Nurse

organization: Novant Health NHRMC

What the nominator said: “I met Gwen in 2009 when I started my OB/GYN residency at NHRMC. At the time, she was a labor and delivery coordinator and staff member. She made an instant and lasting impression. Any good doctor knows that he can learn a lot from a really good or experienced nurse. Gwen has taught so many of us so many things. As an intern, she officially taught us how to read fetal monitor recordings during labor and also helped us find the best plan for a complicated patient. She has a way of making her knowledge and experience understandable while valuing my perspective and knowledge.

“Gwen can fill any role in the unit (and I’ve seen her do it all!). She can be the coordinator of the entire delivery area, attending to a patient in labor and at the same time filling in as a maternity nurse for another patient’s newborn. … Gwen is the best nurse I’ve worked with in 13 years and I really can’t think of anyone more deserving of that honor.”

– K. Brooke Chalk, Physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology


ANASTASIA PHILLIPS

title: Registered Nurse

organization: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

What the nominator said: “Anastasia just started as an RN Case Manager at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare a year ago. She had no hospice experience, worked for many years in a doctor’s office and clinic. She has also been a Nursing Superintendent at Home Helpers, a School Nurse, a CPR and First Aid Instructor, and a Camp Volunteer Nurse. Despite her lack of relevant experience, Anastasia has thrived in her new role. For example, she has developed an excellent relationship with one of our partner facilities, Universal Healthcare in Brunswick County. She has a genuine relationship with her staff as well as her medical provider and builds trust and confidence both in the care of our agency and in her own personal abilities. …
“An example of Anastasia’s commitment to her patients took place in another facility, where she was caring for a dying patient. Unfortunately, this patient was exposed to COVID… so it was difficult for the facility to provide support at this critical time and she was unable to be transferred to our care center. Undaunted, Anastasia took it upon herself to personally provide several hours of crisis management and pain management until the patient died.”

– Missy Combs, Chief Clinical Officer, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

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MARIAN SMITH

title: LPN

organization: Well Care Health

What the nominator said: “When you think of nursing, words like compassion, empathy, consistency and continuity of care come to mind; all these words describe Marian Smith. Marian has been an LPN for over 30 years. She has spent twenty-eight years of her career with a patient who provided private nursing care on behalf of Well Care Home Care. … Marian met her patient as a teenager not long after the patient’s accident and her return home from Shepherd Center. The patient was now quadriplegic and was being ventilated. Marian and her team were there to support the patient and worked hard to keep her spirits up. She wasn’t given more than 10 years to live after the accident, but here we are 28 years later. Marian helped her patient with the daily challenges of finishing high school and getting her high school diploma, and that wasn’t all! With the spirit and determination of the patient, the support of the family, and the excellent care and encouragement of Marian, she went to college and earned a criminal justice degree.”

– Jill Daye, Regional Director, Well Care Health


Read more about all Find the Health Care Heroes 2022 finalists here.

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