EvergreenHealth Nurse Jeruschia Horton Earns May 2016 LifeSaver Award from LifeCenter Northwest - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce Jeruschia Horton, a charge nurse in the critical care unit (CCU), was given the LifeSaver Award for the month of May by LifeCenter Northwest (LCNW).

Horton received the honor for effectively managing a complex organ donation that facilitated the best possible result for the donor’s family, hospital staff and the organ donor recipients. The monthly award recognizes and honors providers who go to great lengths to save lives in instances where organ and tissue donation is critical. Horton was also featured in the LCNW monthly newsletter LifeSaver Series, which highlights the honoree’s commitment to saving lives.

“We congratulate Jerushia on this honor and for facilitating organ and tissue donation,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. Her critical work is an example of our commitment to create a lasting, positive impact on our patients and the local community.”

Horton is a steward for organ and tissue donation in the CCU. As a charge nurse, she assumes managerial responsibilities, including patient care and coordination, and communication between various medical teams to help facilitate the gift of life through organ and tissue donations.

Horton received the award for displaying great composure, focus and leadership during an organ donation case at EvergreenHealth. She worked closely with multiple parties, calming colleagues, communicating with physicians and comforting the patient’s family as she supported their wishes. Horton also coordinated a meeting between hospital staff and the LCNW clinical team to assess the situation, devise a strategy and execute the necessary steps in an extremely complicated, delicate and time-sensitive organ donation instance where time was of the essence.

Through Horton’s efforts, EvergreenHealth accommodated both the wishes of the donor patient and the patient’s family, while simultaneously supporting the staff and coordinating life-saving transplants. Horton’s work resulted in three organ transplants to two individuals, giving each a second chance at life.

Horton is an advocate for organ and tissue donations and consistently works behind the scenes with the LCNW team to maximize donation opportunities. The collaborative partnership between EvergreenHealth and LCNW make the gift of life through organ and tissue donations possible.

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About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength.

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About LifeCenter Northwest

LifeCenter Northwest is one of the 58 federally-designated non-profit organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the United States and an American Association of Tissue Banks accredited tissue recovery organization. The organization serves nearly 7.7 million people in communities throughout Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington state and works collaboratively with over 200 hospitals in a designated service area that covers nearly 25 percent of the US; the largest geographic area of any other organ procurement organization. LifeCenter Northwest works to help more than 123,000 people on the transplant waiting list by partnering with hospitals and medical organizations across its designated service area to save lives through organ and tissue donation.



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