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Metro Health Names 2015 Nurse Exemplar and Nursing Chosen Physician of the Year

Gerri Vandreumel-croppedMetro Health Hospital has named Gerri Vandreumel its 2015 Nurse Exemplar and Dr. Dale Coller its 2015 Nursing Chosen Physician of the Year.

The Nurse Exemplar award is given annually to recognize a registered nurse involved in direct patient care at Metro Health who has demonstrated exceptional nursing practice. Peers and physician colleagues nominate candidates, then Metro Health’s Professional Nursing Council, or PNC, evaluates nominations based on the dale coller dor 239x300 - Metro Health Names 2015 Nurse Exemplar and Nursing Chosen Physician of the Yearnurse’s ability to deliver outstanding care that goes beyond what is expected, stimulate critical thinking in peers, provide continuous assistance, serve as a mentor and positively influence the work of the entire health care team.

The Physician of the Year award is given annually by Metro Health’s PNC to recognize a physician who exemplifies best practices and who supports the role of nurses as part of the health care team. The hospital’s clinical nursing staff proposes candidates, and nominations are reviewed by the PNC, with the recipient selected by secret ballot.

Vandreumel joined Metro Health in 2013 and currently works as a nurse in the Metro Health Park East Outpatient Surgery Center. According to her nomination form: She “is dedicated to superior patient satisfaction by assisting patients with reasonable surgery scheduling times. For example, one patient breathed a ‘sigh of relief’ after her surgery time was rescheduled because of the unavailability of someone to watch her two young children. This nurse went above and beyond to put the patient’s mind at ease by arranging a more conducive surgery time.”

Additionally, Vandreumel’s nomination goes on to highlight the measurable impact she has on Metro Health’s pre-surgical practices. “This nurse’s ability to align and evaluate the needs of primary care physician offices, lab and radiology services to appropriately screen our patients for surgery shows a great depth of critical thinking and consideration of patient safety. This nurse helped to spearhead a specialized tool to evaluate our patients with a Body Mass Index over 40. This tool provides a quantitative assessment of these unique patients for appropriately scheduling at our center or the hospital.

“This exemplary nurse never fails to take the opportunity to teach. This nurse has spent much time and effort in training several nurses in the art of pre-surgical screening. As a result, the assessment skills of nurses in all areas are enhanced to see the ‘whole picture’ of the patient that they are caring for.”

Coller joined Metro Health in 2003 and is a member of Best Practices Inpatient Care, Ltd. He graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Metro Health  Hospital and Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center.

Coller’s nomination form notes: “He is easily able to relate to patients and families by speaking to them in terms they can understand. He introduces himself on a first-name basis to families and visitors. His ability to communicate with patients, families and staff is phenomenal. There are very few other physicians who are able to demonstrate this skill consistently.

His nomination form goes on to highlight: “He is available and approachable for the staff, and he allows family members of patients to approach him with any questions throughout the day or night. He often schedules extra-care meetings with the family and staff to improve communications and quality of care. No one deserves this nomination more than he does for his continuous and ongoing dedication to Metro Health and the lives of our patients, families and staff. Our lives have forever been changed because of him.”

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