Pulaski, VA, May, 2014 — LewisGale Hospital Pulaski recently named Michele Keesling, RN, as its 2014 nurse of the year for her commitment to excellence in nursing. 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.

Michele’s award was announced during LewisGale Hospital Pulaski’s celebration of National Nurse’s Week. She was recognized for her outstanding clinical skills and extreme compassion for patients. In addition to her nursing duties, Michele is the Co-Chair of the Nursing Professional Development Council and teaches CPR, Infusion skills and Certified Nursing Assistant skills to other nurses. She is also an Ordained Minister.

Michele was nominated by her peers for this award. They had many words of praise for the care she gives patients every day and the example she sets for other nurses.

"Michele is a patient’s best friend," wrote Carolyn Howell, Cancer Registrar, CTR. "A patient wanted to be baptized at the hospital. A clergy could not be located. She volunteered and performed this for the patient and his spouse. She is definitely one of a kind. Who better to represent our facility."

"Michele takes the time to listen and make everybody feel important," wrote Karen Hannah. "She is always positive and uplifting.

"Service excellence is the main focus for Michele," said Marsha Myers, Director, LewisGale Regional Cancer Center Pulaski. "She often sings and prays with patients and their families at their request. Whatever the family needs at the time Michele is there to help."

Over the years, Michele has also been nominated for the hospital’s Service Excellence Award and the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

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.