Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, right, with the Cherokee Nation nurses that were honored at the Great 100 Nurses awards dinner Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Sixteen Cherokee Nation nurses were honored Monday at the state’s Great 100 Nurses awards dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The national Great 100 Nurses Foundation honors standout nurses for their contributions to health care each year. The state of Oklahoma participated in the celebration for the fourth straight year.
“Cherokee Nation is blessed to have some of the most talented and dedicated health care professionals in Oklahoma, and it all starts with our exceptional nursing staff,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We could not operate the largest and most heavily trafficked tribal health system in the country without dedicated and committed nurses. We salute these 16 Cherokee Nation nurses for being excellent health care providers and serving our people with pride. They deserve this recognition for their tireless work.”
The winners are chosen based on their contribution to the nursing profession and for serving as role models after being nominated by patients, peers, administrators or their community.
“I’m very humbled to be recognized with such talented and caring individuals,” said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, one of the tribe’s 16 honorees. “I’m also very proud of the Cherokee Nation nurses who were also honored. They are the backbone of our health care system and help us provide the first-class level of health care that our citizens expect and deserve.”
The 16 Cherokee Nation recipients of the Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma honored include the following:
Connie Davis – Cherokee Nation Health Services administration – Tahlequah
Kimberly Costilow – formerly W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Christy Fees – Will Rogers Health Center – Nowata
Jordan Fielden – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Colinda Guthrie – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Lindsey Huffman – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Rebecca Kidwell – Will Rogers Health Center – Nowata
Janie Mendenhall – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Melinda Moten – Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center – Stilwell
Lorrie Pinkston – Will Rogers Health Center – Nowata
Debra Proctor – Cherokee Elder Care – Tahlequah
Aubrey Richardson – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Lindsey Springsteen – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
Ryan Stilwell – W.W. Hastings Hospital –Tahlequah
Melissa Whitchurch – Cooweescoowee Health Center – Ochelata
Susan Wood – W.W. Hastings Hospital – Tahlequah
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