Nurses Honored For Excellence At Ocean Medical Center

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Nurses Honored For Excellence At Ocean Medical Center

Kellogg Award bestowed upon four local nursing professionals

Four local nurses have been presented with the Elizabeth I. Kellogg Award for their exceptional work at Ocean Medical Center. Recognized as the most prestigious award given at the medical center, the Kellogg Award acknowledges individuals for nursing excellence in the areas of direct patient care, leadership, and education.

The 2009 recipients include Donna Ciufo, R.N. of Point Pleasant; Alice Frangione, R.N. of Point Pleasant; Margaret Kluin, R.N. of Forked River; and Linda Wrigley, R.N. from Seaside Heights.

Seventeen nurses at Ocean were nominated for the Kellogg Award, which is made possible by the generosity of the Kellogg Family, originally from the Bay Head and Mantaloking area. The award was established 20 years ago, when the elder Jim Kellogg was hospitalized. His wife, Elizabeth, was so overwhelmed and appreciative of the outstanding nursing care, that she established an annual award that would recognize four nurses for their greatness at the bedside.

This year's recipients were all surprised and humbled by the award and expressed sincere gratitude to the Kellogg family for being such advocates of the nursing profession. "I feel honored to receive such a prestigious award especially in the company of so many esteemed nominees," says Margaret Kluin. "I am very proud of Ocean Medical Center and the entire Meridian System and feel so fortunate to be a part of nursing excellence at its best."

Regina Foley, R.N., vice president of nursing and chief nurse executive at Ocean Medical Center, announced the winners during a large ceremony at the hospital. She shared with the guests that Mrs. Kellogg set clear guidelines for the award. "She felt strongly that the event should be a celebratory, party-like atmosphere; it should take place near her birthday in February; winners receive her favorite plant - Cyclamen; and a gift of $2,500 be used to buy something personal and special - not used to put a roof on your house or pay bills."

"This award is so special because it is your peers who are recognizing that what you do is important and appreciated," notes Donna Ciufo. For Donna, there's no question on how to spend her gift; it comes just in time as she plans to visit her daughter who is studying abroad in Paris.

"Ocean is a very special hospital. The communication, team work, and spirit of our employees translate into exceptional, quality care for our patients," remarked Peter Daniels, president of the medical center. "To be nominated by your peers for the Kellogg Award is a great achievement, and validates that you bring something special to the patients' bedside."