In recognition of National Nurses Week, Mercy Medical Center presented Sue Passmore with its inaugural Mercy Distinguished Nurse Leader Award, which recognizes a nurse who consistently demonstrates exceptional skills, visionary leadership, and compassionate care for patients, families and staff. Mercy also honored five of its clinical staff members with Mercy Nursing Excellence Awards. The hospital’s 2015 honorees are Stacy Bauman, Mercy Heart Center; Allyssa DeLuca, intensive care unit; Jamie Harig, emergency department; Janet Henning, patient education and testing; and Theresa M. Williams, maternity services.
“The nurses at Mercy represent the best of our profession,” said Barbara Yingling, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Medical Center. “Mercy nurses embody the spirit of Mercy with their allegiance to our patients while caring for them at the bedside, providing education, using the latest technological advances, or providing emotional support.”
Passmore is the hospital’s nursing director of post-anesthesia care and same-day surgery units, as well as pre-admission education and testing.
In 1968, she began her nursing career at Mercy as a licensed practical nurse in medical/surgical care areas and later in the intensive care unit (ICU). After earning her bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Akron in 1976, Passmore was appointed assistant head nurse of the ICU in 1981 and surgery recovery room head nurse in 1983. For the past 32 years, she has held a wide range of nursing leadership positions within Mercy Surgery Center.
Passmore’s departments have consistently high patient satisfaction scores, and she is described by physicians and nursing staff members as highly skilled and knowledgeable; approachable; caring and compassionate about her staff, patients and families; self-motivated; strong and effective in communication; and having a sense of humor.
“Sue is always willing and ready to be part of any solution,” said Yingling. “She does everything with a smile and encourages staff and peers to accept changes with a smile, also. She sets and expects high standards for her team. I can say with great confidence that Sue has dedicated the majority of her life to a great nursing career and is one of the most distinguished leaders that I have been honored to work beside.”
Passmore also won the Canton Repository’s annual Salute to Nurses contest earlier this year.
Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
In the photo, Passmore is second from the left.