HANCOCK, Mich. – UP Health System - Portage named Stacey
Lassila as the 2015 recipient of the Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in
Nursing Award on Thursday (May 14) at the annual service awards ceremony.
The award was founded in 2005 in honor of Gertrude Decker
Hellman, who had been a patient at Portage. It’s presented each year to a nurse
who demonstrates excellence in the provision of patient care. Patients and
their family members nominate candidates for the award.
Lassila has previously worked in the clinic and
PortagePointe before moving to her current position on med surgical and ICU.
Paula Polso, the unit manager, presented Lassila with the award.
The Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in Nursing Award:
- Exemplifies care in a compassionate and caring demeanor
- Consistently practices patient advocacy while demonstrating
integrity in communications and actions
- Demonstrates excellent critical thinking skills
- Demonstrates teamwork and collaboration in addressing the
health needs of the patient
Previous award winners are Kristina Huhta, RN (2014), Joy
Dennis, RN (2013), Cindy Ransom, RN (2012), Ann Brotherton, RN (2011), Debra
Maki, RN (2010), Carol Vater, RN (2009), Elizabethe Gilreath, RN (2008), Anne
Lett, RN (2007), Pat Corrigan, RN (2006) and Sally Smith, RN (2005).
Also at Thursday’s service award ceremony 53 members of
UPHS-Portage’s staff were recognized for their years of service. Those recognized
were celebrating their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th or 40th anniversary
with UPHS-Portage. They have a combined 925 years of experience. The
longest-serving member of the group is Paul Peterson, a pharmacist in the
Apothecary, who has been with Portage for 40 years.
Comments from the nursing supervisors:
I've had the pleasure of working with Stacey Lassila for
about three years now. She is the highest senior ICU RN on nights. She excels
at all aspects of patient care, and is extremely conscientious. Stacey has
excellent assessment and critical thinking skills, and at the same time
provides compassionate, patient-coordinated care while following
facility standards and protocols.
With our current staffing guidelines, Stacey spends a lot of
time as 'float' to med/surg. She is extremely versatile as she embraces this
role without complaint and performs duties above and beyond expectations
in helping out her coworkers in any way she can. I have never had a complaint
about Stacey from either a patient or coworker.
I have had the privilege to know and work with Stacey for
the last four years here at UP Health System - Portage. I have learned much
about critical thinking, time management and quick decision making from the
example she sets every shift. She is a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable
nurse who always puts the needs or her patient first. She handles difficult
ethical and clinical situations with poise and confidence, with exceptional
clinical skills to compliment. She is the definition of a team player. Her
fellow staff members compliment regularly on her work ethic and willingness to
jump in and get the job done. Her upbeat and positive attitude is infectious
and keeps the moral high on every shift she works. I could not think of another
nurse that would be more deserving of this award.