Aiken Regional kicks off National Hospital Week with Nightingale Awards ceremony

May 14, 2019

Aiken Regional started off National Hospital Week by honoring some of their most compassionate staff with the Nightingale Awards on Monday afternoon.

The Nightingale Awards are named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale, an icon of the Victorian Era, was renown for her social work, professionalizing nursing and her statistical contributions to medicine during the Crimean War. She also popularized the use of the pie graph.

The nationally recognized Nightingale Awards celebrate excellence in nursing. It rewards nurses who exemplify good character and who go above and beyond to provide care to their patients.

“It’s an honor to be a nurse, period,” said Cindy Padgett, one of the award winners who works in outpatient surgery. “To serve others – that’s what you’re called to do. It’s part of who you are.”

Padgett, who has worked at Aiken Regional for 41 years, said patients are the “heart” of nurses at the hospital.

“I’m honored,” said Alyce Frank of Case Management. “I mean – it’s a privilege. It’s really exciting to be recognized. I love my job.”

Other award-winners who were not present at the ceremony included Tamra Padilla, Lauren Lawton and Amy Redd.

In addition to the Nightingale Awards, Aiken Regional’s Tech of the Year was also recognized on Monday. That honor went to Care Team Tech Emily Robertson.

“It feels great,” said Robertson. “I’ll serve my patients and see them smile, just do everything possible to make sure my patients feel important and safe. Safety is our number one concern.”

To learn more about National Hospital Week, visit aha.org.