Middleburg Hts., OH
(Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017) – The March of Dimes organization paid tribute to the nursing profession
in the state of Ohio at the fourth annual “Nurse of the Year”
The Nurse of the Year Awards is a state-wide event that recognizes exceptional
nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the
future of the nursing profession, all while helping to advance the mission
of the March of Dimes: to improve the health of babies by preventing premature
birth, birth defects and infant mortality.
Southwest General is proud to announce that Debbie Borowske, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC,
director, Post-Acute Care Services, Southwest General, was recognized
for her work in the field of long-term acute care, rehab, hospice and
Debbie, a long-standing employee of the Health Center, has been integral
in recent years in the expansion of the hospital’s post-acute care
services, and holds leadership responsibility for Hospice, Home Health,
Home Infusion, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Community Nursing and Outreach,
School Health, Geriatric Services and Palliative Care.
Recognizing a gap in Southwest General’s Hospice Services, Debbie
launched the community-based Palliative Care program, which carries an
average caseload of 50 patients per month. This enhancement to the hospice
care program consistently achieves the goal of improving life and providing
comfort to those with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
Additional achievements include:
- With the goal of improving patient care for discharged patients at risk
for hospital readmission, Debbie was integral in the implementation of
the TeleHealth program at Southwest General. The program went live in
Nov. 2015, and reached maximum capacity within the first three months.
- Debbie has been pivotal in the success of the hospital’s inpatient
Acute Rehabilitation Care Unit. To assist in the patient experience, Debbie
campaigned for additional space on the hospital’s Main Campus in
order to convert the semi-private rooms to private rooms. With success,
patients now have a private room for their average fifteen-day stay on
the Unit. The reduced noise level, improved comfort and expanded family
area, are conducive to faster healing and recovery.
- Passionate about professional mentoring and educating, Debbie holds adjunct
faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne
Bolton College of Nursing; Malone University, College of Nursing and Allied
Health Services; and Kent State University, College of Nursing.
“Southwest General, along with our patients, is extremely fortunate
to have Debbie paving the path for us in the ever-changing Post-Acute
Care sector,” said Kelly Linson, vice president, chief accounting
officer, Southwest General. “Debbie is continuously evaluating how
she can expand and optimize services and maintains strong relationships
with a number of extended care facilities throughout the community in
order to ensure the best continuum of care plan and coordination of services
for patients. On behalf of the hospital’s administration, community
members and patients, it is a great honor to nominate Debbie for this
The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed 297 nominations from
69 health care facilities throughout Ohio in 18 defined categories—ranging
from Advanced Practice to Women’s Health and Centering.
The March of Dimes recognizes nurses at the forefront of their mission.
The finalists were honored at a luncheon gala at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
“We are honored to be able to host a special tribute that acknowledges
the unsung heroes of the health care provider community. Nurses take on
a variety of roles: caregivers, decision makers, advocates, researchers
and problem solvers. I’m proud to be a part of an event that honors
the tireless efforts of those dedicated to their practice,” said
Kristina Burnside, chair, 2016 Ohio Nurse of the Year Selection Committee
and nurse manager of the Acute Dialysis Unit at The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center.
About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility
located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General
is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art
technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized
care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities
it serves. For more information, visit swgeneral.com or find Southwest
General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About The March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy
and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefitted
from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. Find
out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth
defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the
latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or naceersano.org.
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