Pulaski, VA, November, 2014 – Michele Keesling, RN, has a lot to be proud of these days. Earlier this year she was recognized as the Nurse of the Year for LewisGale Hospital Pulaski; and now she is being honored again, by receiving the Leadership Excellence Award from the Virginia Nurses Foundation. She was chosen among 18 nominees from across the state in the “Emerging Nurse Leader” category.

Michele is a Registered Nurse with more than nine years of experience in the field. She currently works in the cancer center where she serves as the Oncology Nurse Navigator and Palliative Care Coordinator. She was one of five LewisGale Hospital Pulaski nurses to be nominated for an award during the foundation’s annual gala celebration.

The other nominees and categories included:

  • Lori Caudill, BSN, RN – Category: Frontline/Staff Nurse
  • Dawn Coble, BSN, RN – Category: Nursing Informatics
  • Nichole Davis, BSN, RN – Category: Nurse Administrator
  • Michelle Quesenberry, MSN, RN – Category: Nurse Administrator

“I’m honored to lead such a talented group of individuals who exemplify the high quality of nurses found at our facility,” said Linda Shepherd, MBAL, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. “Their commitment to nursing excellence is to be commended and sets a standard for us all.”

About LewisGale Hospital Pulaski
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.