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. The Kellogg Award acknowledges individuals for nursing excellence in the areas of direct patient care, leadership, and education.

The 2011 recipients include Kathy Brophy-Degrassie, R.N., BSN, CEN, ANM of Point Pleasant; Jane Kaiser, R.N., M.S., APN of Toms River; Elisabeth Margl, BSN, RNC, CGRN of Sea Girt; and Denise Schwartz, R.N., B.C. of Point Pleasant.

The Award is made possible by the generosity of the Kellogg Family, originally from the Bay Head and Mantoloking area, and was established 22 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 their support of the nursing profession. "I am gratified and honored to have the recognition and respect of my colleagues," says Jane Kaiser, who is the clinical coordinator of the Acute Stroke Program at Ocean Medical Center. "It is a privilege to continually improve the quality of the care of our stroke patients."

Regina Foley, Vice President, 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."

"This is an extremely wonderful honor," says Kathy Brophy-Degrassie. As nursing supervisor of Ocean's Emergency Department, Kathy admits that she pushes her team hard. "Despite how much I challenge my coworkers, it is very rewarding to have them acknowledge and nominate me for the Kellogg award."

Nominations for the Kellogg Award are submitted by peers at Ocean Medical Center and Meridian Health. "This is an opportunity for colleagues to identify those individuals who represent the best of the nursing profession," says Ms. Foley. "All of the nominees should be very proud of their accomplishments, as they each bring an exceptional level of quality care and personal concern to each and every patient."

About Ocean Medical Center Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at