GVH Presents Tenth Annual David M. Flowers, MD, Award for Excellence in Cardiology
• Jamie Nuding, RN, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
|(April 10, 2013) Sellersville, PA – Friends, family, and colleagues gathered on April 4th for Grand View Hospital’s tenth annual symposium and presentation of the David M. Flowers, MD, Award for Excellence in Cardiology. The award is dedicated in memory of respected Grand View cardiologist David M. Flowers, who succumbed to cancer 11 years ago at age 48. He is the namesake of The David M. Flowers Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, which is central to Grand View’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. The featured speaker at the symposium was Matthew M. Collins, DO, of Buxmont Cardiology Associates, where Dr. Flowers practiced. Dr. Collins presented on The Evolution of Anticoagulation Therapy - A Cardiovascular Perspective.
In opening remarks of the evening Grand View president and CEO Jean M. Keeler, JD, reflected, “Dr. Flowers brought vision to Grand View cardiac care and to the ICCU where his design ideas continue to live on.” She added, “He also loved technology and helped put the hospital ahead in developing electronic medical records.”
This year’s award recipient is Sue Dormer RN, a staff nurse in Grand View’s ICCU for over 30 years who worked with Dr. Flowers. In recent years Dormer has developed guidelines, protocols, care plans, and standards of care for patients undergoing cardiovascular procedures. In presenting the award, ICCU manager Terri Shoultes, RN, said, “Sue’s knowledge and expertise is a shining example of what all of us in the profession hope to exemplify.” She reflected, “Dr. Flowers always had a desire to make staff aware of a new initiative or a major change to standards. Sue has that vision.”
Other nominees for the David M. Flowers, MD Award for Excellence in Cardiology this year include:
• Jamie Broff, cardiology department - Nominated for his efforts in developing and expanding Grand View’s mobile cardiology imaging service.
• Paula Danilowicz, PACS administrator - Nominated for developing a system that makes patient echocardiogram images immediately available for physician review.
Nominees for the David M. Flowers, MD, Award for Excellence in Cardiology congratulated by Deborah Bolanowski, MD. Front Row L to R: Sue Dormer RN, ICCU; Cathy Siatkowski, RN, Jaime Nuding RN, cardiac cath lab; Mary Krimmel, RN, telemetry; Deborah Bolanowski, MD, Pennridge Pediatrics. (Back row L to R): Brenda Bishop Health Promotion & Wellness; Paula Danilowitz PACS Administrator; Sara Palmer, RN, telemetry; and Jamie Broff, cardiology.
Grand View ICCU nurse Sue Dormer, RN, recipient of the 10th Annual David M. Flowers, MD, Award for Excellence in Cardiology, congratulated by ICCU manager Terri Shoultes, RN, and clinical educator Carol Knauff, RN.
- Nominated for assessment and leadership skills along with calmness and quick action in critical situations, resulting in positive patient outcomes.
• Telemetry department, represented at the award presentation by Mary Krimmel, Cathy Siatkowski, and Sara Palmer
- Recognition of the entire department for its passion and continuous contributions to cardiovascular patient care that is commendable and inspirational to other nurses.
• Stephanie Weaver and Brenda Bishop, Health Promotion & Wellness department
- Nominated for coordination of Heart Health Day, a fun and informative event for the public complete with education and health screenings held at the Montgomery Mall.
The David M. Flowers, MD, Award for Excellence in Cardiology was established in 2003. Shoultes who worked with Dr. Flowers shared, “His great strength was to simplify the complex.” As medical director of the intensive care unit, he was instrumental in developing guidelines, protocols and standards of care for the critically ill patient. “His contributions are forever embedded in our thoughts and practice.”
Names of award recipients are inscribed on a plaque on permanent display at the hospital. Endowed through support of the hospital, as well as the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Flowers, the award includes a significant cash prize. Deborah Bolanowski, MD, commented on her late husband’s dedication to family saying, “Dave would have liked recipients to use the accompanying cash award for something enjoyable to do with family.”
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care – particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children's health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. Among recent awards and certifications, Grand View is a five-star recipient in Treatment of Heart Failure and Heart Attack from Healthgrades six years in a row (2008-2013). The hospital has Advanced Heart Failure Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission (2012). Grand View also has Primary Stroke Center Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for five consecutive years (2008-2012). For more information about Grand View services and programs, visit www.gvh.org.