News and Views from DMC Patient Care Services

Spring 2015

In this issue

Letter from Shawn Levitt

Shawn Levitt

It is a privilege to provide care to a colleague. As a tenured nurse within the DMC, I have worked with, managed, led teams and been cared for by nurses across many departments and hospitals, who all share a commitment to excellence. I was and continue to be proud to be in your company.

There comes a time in the life of every Nurse, when we as clinicians are placed in the role of Patient. Everything that we have ever learned, experienced, or hoped to achieve in our professional practice, intersect at a single point in time. Nothing prepares us for this. The problem is that as nurses we know too much, not to be anxious and over vigilant about everything.

I was recently a patient at Harper University Hospital, and I believe that what makes these situations bearable, is when you are cared for by clinicians you trust, and who provide a level of care which makes you feel safe. I was so proud of the nurses who cared for me. They exhibited the level of professionalism, compassion, kindness and clinical expertise that we value most. Oh, and there was lots of nursing humor, which I think you all can relate to.

It is a privilege to provide care to a colleague. As a tenured nurse within the DMC, I have worked with, managed, led teams and been cared for by nurses across many departments and hospitals, who all share a commitment to excellence. I was and continue to be proud to be in your company.

This year our DMC Nurses' Week theme is Nurses Leading the Way: Delivering Quality in Patient Care. At no other time is this more compelling than when we provide care which incorporates the art and science of nursing into our practice.

We do remarkable work not only within our hospitals, but also in our communities. You make a difference everyday.

Thank you for caring, and Happy Nurses' Week 2015!


Shawn Levitt, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, CPHQ
Regional Chief Nurse Executive
Detroit Medical Center

DMC Nurse … Art. Science. Practice.



Preventing Pediatric Falls

Fall tools should be perceived as something that assists good nursing care. Preventing falls and enhancing safety is a goal that can be achieved and nurses play a vital role.

Nurses can take the lead in helping to prevent pediatric falls and make a huge contribution to keeping children safe. Pediatric falls can occur any place and at anytime, at home, at play, in school, and even in the hospital.

Falls are a significant concern during hospitalization. Children younger than age 5 account for 50 percent of falls in the pediatric population. However, children older than age 10 have the greatest risk of fall-related death and critical injury (Messmer & Williams, 2012). Development of motor skills and natural curiosity are contributors in falls within this population. Children at high risk for serious injury include preschoolers, children older than age 10 (twice as likely to fall as the total population), children with disabilities and minimal mobility, and children in wheelchairs, regardless of cognitive ability. Statistics identified that in children from birth to 19 years old, there were more than 2 million falls a year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center, 2007). The Joint Commission and the Institute of Medicine not only identified inpatient falls as a significant patient safety risk for adults but also for the pediatric population.

Screening tool
Pediatric falls differ from adults and developmental stages are relevant in analyzing fall data. However, research specifically related to pediatric falls and developmental stages is limited. Adequate tools to assess fall risk for children are needed. Some children's hospitals have tried to fill this gap by creating their own risk assessment tool or are developing assessment tools with other institutions. The Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale is one of the pediatric fall risk instruments developed so far.

If a patient is at high risk, staff and parents should adhere to hospital safety protocols, including careful placement of furniture in the room.

Falls risk assessment
The Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale (HDFS), a seven-item assessment tool examines the patient's age, gender, diagnosis, cognitive impairments, environmental factors, response to surgery and medication usage. Patients at high risk have scores above 12 while low risk patients have scores less than 12. Nurses should monitor pediatric patients frequently, complete the HDFS and document risk scores in the EMR, communicate assessment, and implement fall prevention procedures. These actions should include reassessment and documentation of changes in physiologic, motor, sensory, or cognitive status. If a patient is at high risk, staff and parents should adhere to hospital safety protocols, including careful placement of furniture (i.e. bed and assistive devices) in the room. Cribs, high chairs, and infant seats should be used properly with side rails and other protective devices. Beds, cribs, and stretchers should also be kept in the lowest, locked position. Rooms should have adequate lighting, room doors should be kept open, and the room environment should be uncluttered and free from obstacles. Care plans should be individualized, parents should be aware of their ability to set appropriate behavioral and activity limits through education about fall risk factors, keeping in mind that parents tend to be more indulgent when their child is hospitalized (Messmer & Williams, 2012).

Adjunct assistance
Fall tools should be perceived as something that assists good nursing care. These tools are not a substitute for a nurse's critical thinking skills which are always required. Pediatric patients' risk for falling should be assessed using appropriate understanding of information obtained from Humpty Dumpty along with good clinical observations, frequent monitoring of pediatric patients and their families and the implementation of falls prevention programs and strategies. Preventing falls and enhancing safety is a goal that can be achieved and nurses play a vital role.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center. (2007). Falls: The reality. Protect the ones you love. Retrieved from

Messmer, P. Williams, A. (2012). Protecting children by preventing falls. American Nurse Today 7(6) 2p.

Schaffer, P. L., Daraiseh, N. M., Daum, L., Mendez, E. Lin, L., and Martz Huth, M. (2012). Pediatric inpatient falls and injuries: A descriptive analysis of risk factors. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 17, 10–18.



Nightingale Award

Each year the Nightingale Awards for Nursing recognize and honor outstanding nursing professionals who exemplify compassion, knowledge and initiative. The awards promote the profession of nursing's vital role in health care and the well-being of the community, and recognize the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system. Nightingale winners are selected in recognition of their nursing excellence in the following categories: Administration, Advanced Nurse Practice, Distinguished Oakland University Alumni, Education and Research, Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation, Nursing in the Community, Staff Nurse Practice, and the People's Choice Award. Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and provide inspiration to future generations of exceptional nurses who will follow in their tradition.

The Detroit Medical Center, Bronze sponsor of the 27th Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® is proud to congratulate the seven nominees and three Nightingale winners from DMC. They will be honored at a dinner and silent auction at the San Marino Banquet Center in Troy, Michigan, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Proceeds from the event will support nursing scholarships and education at the Oakland University College of Nursing. Each winner will receive a solid bronze statue of Florence Nightingale, a check for $1,000 and a Nightingale pin. All nominated nurses will receive a certificate of honor.

Congratulations to our 2015 DMC Nightingale Nursing Excellence Winners and Nominees — thank you for your Caring, Compassion, and Commitment!


Cathy June, BSN, RN-C
Nurse Educator
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
Nursing in the Community

Cathy June is a critical care nurse educator at Detroit Receiving Hospital where she stays well informed of current trends, technologies and evidence-based practices in multiple aspects of critical care. Additionally, she is instrumental in operation of the Cardiopulmonary Training Center (CTC) for the DMC. After a news report of the heroic efforts by Detroit Firefighters in rescuing two children from a fire and transported to a nearby hospital did not have the outcome everyone had hoped for. During the broadcasting of this story, it was discovered that due to budget cuts, the fire department lacked the proper equipment and CPR training. Cathy June became aware of this and sought out what she could do to help. Enlisting the help of her fellow CPR instructors a plan was put into place to begin training the Detroit Firefighter. Cathy June was successful in securing $52,000 in grant funding to continue training Detroit Fire Department (DFD). Two years later, Cathy June and other DMC CPR instructors are responsible for training more 800 DFD employees.

Through this alliance with DFD June found another opportunity to support the firefighters. Engine 40 Ladder 17, Squad 5 conducts an annual Back to School event. Cathy June mobilized other DMC staff to donate school supplies and volunteer to stuff 1200 backpacks. At the event she also instructed children in first aid, emergency response, including CPR and the use of AED. The firefighters have found Cathy June to be an inspiration to them always doing whatever it takes in the community.

Susanna Sirianni, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN
Nurse Practitioner, SICU and Trauma
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Advance Nurse Practice

Dr. Susanna Sirianni is a Nurse Practitioner in the SICU/Trauma department at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit and is dedicated to improving sepsis identification and treatment. She has continued to provide leadership in this area through research for healthcare providers, as well as system wide education to improve sepsis care. She was recently featured in the Neighborhood News article to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of sepsis.

Dr. Susanna Sirianni is the co-chairperson for the Tenet Facilities Early Ambulation Initiative. Her advanced practice skills have helped to save many lives with her research and practice related to sepsis recognition and treatment, early ambulation of ICU patients, prevention of hospital acquired anemia and development of a Rapid Response Team.

Dr. Sirianni is the monthly coordinator and active presenter in the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Fundamentals of Critical Care course. This course has educated many nurses and physicians thereby increasing their ability to recognize and care for the critically ill and injured patient.

Additionally she is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Madonna University in their Doctors of Nursing Practice program.

Jeffery A. Wolff, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, 10WS
DMC Harper University Hospital
Staff Nurse Practice

Jeffery A. Wolff works on the Nephrology Transplant unit at Harper University Hospital, where he demonstrates high quality, reliable and ethical care. He is a member of the Fall Force Team where he is the only staff nurse on the multidisplinary group at Harper and Hutzel Hospital. He developed and implemented two initiatives to help keep patients safe and decrease falls on the unit. The first initiative is the Bathroom Club where he developed laminated charts that are kept at the patient's bedside. The charts contain each hour of the day with check boxes for staff to initial when they round and ask the patient if they would like to go to the bathroom. Patients receive a smiley face sticker when they use their call light to notify staff that they need to go the bathroom. Patients receive a nominal prize for every five stickers they obtain.

The second initiative was to pilot test the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Stage Balance Test. This test is done on all patients admitted to this unit who are not on bed rest. It test the patient in four positions to determine their balance. Wolff inspired the hospital to develop an ongoing pre- and post-sleep quality study in critically ill patients. It is Jeffery A. Wolff's leadership, clinical skills and innovative spirit that his colleagues has found to be motivational to them.


Charmaine Bond — Harper and Hutzel Hospitals
Deborah Brennan — Huron Valley Hospital
Elizabeth Leon — Huron Valley Hospital
Kathy Meloche — Harper and Hutzel Hospitals
Cheryl A. Moore — Harper and Hutzel Hospitals
Iris Taylor — Detroit Receiving Hospital
Judy Wheeler — Detroit Receiving Hospital



DMC Nurse inducted into the Tenet Hall of Fame

The Tenet Heroes recognition program is an important part of Tenet's overall Commitment to People. Each year, this award honors outstanding hospital, home office and regional employees who embody Tenet's values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency. As one of the newest additions to the Tenet family, we are extremely proud that Kirsten Roberts, MSN, RN was inducted into the Tenet Heroes' Hall of Fame.

Kirsten Roberts is a staff nurse at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. As part of her efforts to reduce re-hospitalizations, Kirsten conducted a study on the impact of supervised exercise among patients with heart failure.

Watch Kirsten's story



Presenting Our Extraordinary Nurses of the Year

Every year during Nurses Week, the Detroit Medical Center selects a Nurse of the Year who exemplifies nursing excellence in their practice to represent each DMC hospital. Nurses can be nominated for this award by patients and their families, a nursing peer or manager, or any other colleague from a healthcare discipline. Once the nominations have been submitted, a peer review committee consisting of members of the Professional Nurse Council are asked to review the nominations, and each one is carefully and impartially scored. A top scoring nominee from each hospital is identified to receive this prestigious award. The DMC Professional Nurse Council members who volunteered their time to review this year's nominees were: Kirsten Roberts,MSN, RN, Patty Reaume, BSN, RN, Charlene Staddon, BSN, RN, Angel Schultz RN, Erin Dinnell, RN, Molly Duane BSN, RN, CCRN, and Carol Pachla, RN. A big thank you to all who participated in the selection process, as well as those who took the time to submit a nomination.

Our Nurses of the Year will will be honored by Shawn Levitt BSN, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ , the Chief Nursing Executive of the DMC, and the Chief Nursing Officers from each DMC hospital at a special Thank You luncheon held at Union Street on Monday, May 4th.They will also be receiving complementary admission to the DMC Nurses Week conference being held at Motor City Casino on May 6th, where they will receive special recognition during the event.

Nurses of the Year

Grant Welmers BSN, RN, CPHON
Children's Hospital of Michigan Nurse of the Year
Grant Welmers began his career at the DMC in 2008 at Children's Hospital of Michigan as a Student Nurse Associate. He graduated with a BSN from University of Detroit Mercy in 2009, and was promoted to a Staff Nurse on the 6 West Hematology/Oncology Unit at CHM. Grant is currently a certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse, which he considers to be one of the accomplishments he is most proud of during his nursing career.

Grant is a Charge Nurse for his unit, and a member of the Practice Council. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation in 2014. He is attending Graduate School at Michigan State University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

When asked why he selected nursing a profession, Grant expressed that it was the perfect fit to satisfy both his interest in the medical profession and his desire to form meaningful relationships with the patients and families he serves.

Shannon Robinson, BSN, RN
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Nurse of the Year
Shannon Robinson BSN, RN began her nursing career in 2007 as a Licensed Practical Nurse practicing in long term care. Her passion for nursing encouraged her to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse in 2009. As a Registered Nurse she has worked in the emergency room before realizing that she wanted to return to her rehab roots by joining the RIM family in March 2012. Shannon joined the team and increased staff's awareness of the benefits of a float pool nurse. She utilizes her experience as a long term and emergency room nurse to add dimension to the role of the rehab nurse, a gift she shares willingly with peers. She joined the Professional Nurse Council and within six months she became the secretary, a role she maintained for 2 years. She returned to school for her BSN, which she earned in 2013 from Eastern University. She was the runner-up for the DAISY Award in 2013, nominated by the clinical coordinator on the 3rd floor for the caring she provides to patients and peers. She is currently the Chair-Elect for RIM'S Professional Nurse Council and is very involved in ensuring the practice needs of the nurses are being addressed. She is heavily involved in giving back to the community as witnessed by her involvement in stroke awareness, world relief project, cholesterol screener, and the highest donation receiver for the annual diabetic walk. She also takes pride in having the support of her husband and two beautiful daughters. Patients, staff, and visitors adore Shannon's bubbly personality. professionalism, and passion for ensuring "The Patient is Our Purpose."

Lynn Diemer, BSN, RN, BC
Harper University Hospital Nurse of the Year
Lynn Diemer has been employed with the DMC for 29 years, and has worked in Diagnostic Radiology at Harper University Hospital for 29 years. Lynn has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Windsor, and is ANCC certified in Pain Management. She is currently a level 3 on the Nursing Professional Development Ladder. Lynn is a member of the Professional Nurse Council and chairperson of the Radiology Unit Based Council, a member of the Professional Development Ladder Committee, and a member of the PNC Quality Council. She is a volunteer with the Detroit Runners and Walkers, the Third Street Warming Station, and collects donations for the Windsor Street Help Homeless Shelter. Prior to becoming a Nurse, Lynn worked an Emergency Medical Technician. She comes from a linage of nurses that includes her mother, aunt, and sisters.

Monique Raymond, BSN, RN, RNC
Sinai-Grace Hospital Nurse of the Year
Monique Raymond has been a DMC employee working on the Labor and Delivery unit at Sinai Grace Hospital for 28 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University, and has her certification in Inpatient Obstetrics. Monique is a preceptor for new staff on her unit, and an instructor for Intermediate Fetal Monitoring class. She has been a 3 time Service Excellence award winner at Sinai-Grace Hospital. Monique is a sensitive and caring person who chose nursing as her profession for her ability to provide compassionate care and teaching to patients and their families. Monique is a deacon and usher at First Presbyterian Church.

Chelsea Irla, BSN, RN
Hutzel Women's Hospital Nurse of the Year
Chelsea Irla has been a DMC employee for six and a half years, and is currently a NICU SWAT Nurse at Hutzel. She previously worked in the PICU at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is currently enrolled in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Wayne State University with an anticipated graduation date of 2017. She is a member of the Neonatal Code Blue Committee, the NICU Unit Based Council, the Infection Control Committee, the OB/GYN Council, the NICU Breastfeeding Committee, a Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor, and a participant in the Ebola OB-FEMA. Chelsea followed in her Grandmother's footsteps and became a nurse because she enjoys caring for others in both their happy and vulnerable moments in life. She was nominated for her award by her NICU nursing colleagues.

Pauline Mojica, RN
Detroit Receiving Hospital Nurse of the Year
Pauline Mojica has worked at Detroit Receiving Hospital for 3 years on the 5M Medical Acute Care Unit. Pauline is currently completing University of Detroit Mercy's BSN completion program, is a charge nurse and preceptor on her unit, and is a Level 1 participant the Nursing Professional Development Ladder. Pauline is a member of the Quality and Safety committee and the Professional Development and Magnet Councils. She is a staff resource person on her unit for evidence-based practice subject matter. Pauline works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a diabetes teaching coach for parents and teenagers. Nursing is a second profession for her, and she was inspired to enter it after her son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Pauline saw first-hand during this life experience what an impact the care and nurturing of nurses had on her son and her family. Pauline has found nursing to be both challenging and gratifying work that she carries out with energy and enthusiasm; her true calling in life.

Erin O'Brien, BSN, RN, CCRN
The Heart Hospital Nurse of the Year
Erin O'Brien has been an employee of the DMC for 7 years. She started out working in Medical-Surgical nursing at Harper Hospital, and moved to the cardiac ICU almost 5 years ago, which is now a part of The Heart Hospital. Erin has a BSN from Lordes University in Toledo, Ohio, and is newly accepted to the MSN Nurse Practitioner Program at South University. She is certified in Critical Care and Cardiac Surgery.

Emily is a preceptor and ACLS and CRRT instructor and Lead ECMO RN for 9 ICU, a member of the Critical Care Education Committee, and has also assisted in the development of policies and education materials related to critical care. Erin loves working at The Heart Hospital and is proud of the innovative care they provide. What she enjoys most about being a nurse is being able to see the positive impact her care has on her patient's lives.

Shelley Killebrew, MSN, RN, CNOR
Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Nurse of the Year
Shelley began her career at the DMC in 1985 as a Staff Nurse at Harper Hospital before transferring to Huron Valley in 1990 where she worked as a Staff Nurse in the OR for many years before moving into her current role as OR Nurse Educator in 2008. Shelley is a member of OARN and SEMNSDO (Southeastern Michigan Nursing Staff Development Organization) as well as an American Red Cross committee team member.

Her nominators noted that Shelley provides excellent education and leadership support to her peers. She mentors the staff in an effort to ensure the highest quality care and outcomes for the patients. Shelley is currently the Peri-op PNC chair, the OR-UC chair, and the POCU/PACU Education chair. She is also a member of the HVSH Professional Development and DMC OR Educator committees and is active with her recently approved DMC study titled Impact of Peri-operative Screening for the Risk of Post-operative Delirium Among Patients Having Joint Replacement Surgery.



Tenet Healthcare honors more than 100 Heroes from its 80 facilities, including 7 nurses from DMC

On the heels of announcing that Kirsten Roberts was inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare has released the names of more than 100 other Heroes from Tenet's national network of hospitals, outpatient centers and facilities. DMC has 14 employees among this group, six of those being nurses. Honorees were selected for extraordinary demonstration of Tenet's core values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency. Congratulations, Heroes!

Tenet Heroes for 2015: Nurses

Debra Bucciero, RN
Tenet Values:
Quality, Integrity, Service

Clinical Coordinator,
DMC Heart Hospital


Beth Dziekan, MS,

Tenet Values:
Service, Innovation

Dir, Quality & Epidemiology Mgr, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital


Theresa Joseph, RN
Tenet Values:
Quality, Service

Staff Nurse,
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Carolyn Kidd, RN
Tenet Value:

Manager, Patient Services,
DMC Surgery Hospital


Jane Serra, RN
Tenet Values:
Quality, Service, Innovation

Nurse Educator,
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital


Michael Wilson,

Tenet Value:

Staff Nurse,
DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospitals



New Chief Nursing Officer named at Children's Hospital

Theresa Hendricksen, MSHA, BSN, FACHE, has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Children's Hospital of Michigan. Theresa joined Children's on December 8, 2014. In March she served as Children's Hospital of Michigan Interim Chief Operating Officer during the search for a permanent COO.

Theresa came to DMC from the Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) in Hartford, CT, where she performed in an impressive array of clinical, management and executive roles, over the past 18 years.

Her last four years at CCMC were as the hospital's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a 182-bed pediatric hospital and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, it is the state's only free-standing hospital just for children.



DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital names new Chief Nursing Officer

Renay Gagleard, DNP, RN, has been appointed Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital new Chief Nursing Officer after an extensive external and internal search. Renay joined Huron Valley March 20, 2015, She replaces Cathy Grant, who retired last December. A passionate patient advocate and innovative leader. Renay has more than 27 years of experience in clinical practice and leadership.

She earned a Master of Science in Nursing at University of Detroit-Mercy and Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit. Renay just recently completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Detroit-Mercy.


Education Beat

ACLS Provider and Recertification
Date: Classes are in Net Learning for staff to sign up
Location: See Net Learning
Time: 0700 am–1600 pm
Cost: No direct cost to employees (have manager process disbursement)
Contact information: Diana Bowman, Nurse Educator, HVSH ACLS Coordinator

Trauma Nursing Core Course
The Trauma Nursing Core Course, developed by the Emergency Nurses Association, serves as the basis for a standardized approach to initial trauma care.

Detroit Receiving Hospital
May 29–30, 2015
August 28–29, 2015
October 30–31, 2015

All RN participants who complete the two-day course will receive CECH from ENA. Participants must complete all skills stations and lectures to receive TNCC Provider verification cards from ENA.

Course fee
$225.00 DMC Employee
$250.00 Non-DMC employee

For more information contact Donna Horwath
Phone 313.745.3112
Fax 313.745.3653

Course brochure
Click here to download the course brochure.


Kudos Corner

Congratulations to the following for their outstanding accomplishments!

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital


Deborah Brennan was recognized as Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital 2014 Nursing Innovation Award winner.

Special Recognition

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan


DMC Harper University Hospital
and Hutzel Women’s Hospital

Degree Advancement

Daisy Award Winners

Professional Development Ladder (PDL) Nurses

Special congratulations to the Clinical Ladder first timers:




Special Recognition

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital



DMC Sinai Grace Hospital

Degree Advancement

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan


DMC RIM Nursing Director named one of 2015 Women of Excellence by Michigan Chronicle

DMC's nursing director for RIM has been selected for the Michigan Chronicle's 2015 Women of Excellence awards. Congratulations to Maria L. Bobo, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, CRRN.

Maria was acknowledged along with other honorees in a special induction program on March 27, at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel.

Women of Excellence is in its 8th year of celebrating local African American women "who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service," and who are "champions of our economic empowerment, the backbone of our religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service. The Women of Excellence designation has honored hundreds of well known as well as lesser-known Detroit area women who are making a difference.


Degree Advancement

Special Recognition

On February 25th, RIM's Professional Nurse Council volunteered at World Medical Relief, Inc. The organization's mission is to facilitate the distribution of surplus medical resources where they are needed locally and internationally. Many of RIM's patients are referred by staff to this organization, to obtain equipment that insurance will not cover, such as tub benches, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. During their visit, the PNC council volunteers sorted various medication equipment, checked expiration dates and sorted items by categories. Many of the items were packed into large shipping containers to be sent to developing countries in need of medical supplies. RIM's PNC was honored to assist World Medical Relief in its mission to help meet the medical needs of those in our community and all over the world.