Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to announce Susan Johnson, RN, received the March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year award in the Community Health and Public Health category.
Johnson, who is a nurse in EvergreenHealth’s Redmond Emergency Department, was selected out of more than 260 nominees and received the honor for her continued dedication and work on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.
“We congratulate Susan on this award and thank her for working diligently to address these critically important issues for our patients and the community,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “This honor is well deserved and is especially meaningful as it recognizes Susan for her exemplary work within her passion.”
Johnson is a practicing forensic nurse examiner and uses her specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation and documentation to provide medical testimony in court and to consult with legal authorities. She often visits local police stations, educating officers and detectives on how to connect victims with services and care. Johnson also shares her knowledge and experience with local high school students, utilizing her passion to mentor and teach to help young people identify risk factors and understand their consequences.
In 2014, she helped EvergreenHealth establish one of the first Clinical Skills Labs in the Puget Sound, providing advanced skills and training to forensic nurse examiners throughout the region. Johnson’s efforts to make these programs and trainings more available to communities throughout the state helped EvergreenHealth become a designated Clinical Skills Lab Training site, one of only 11 such sites in the nation.
As a former president of the Washington Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nursing, she works to promote the value of Forensic Nurse Examiner programs, while making local training more available to communities throughout the state.
Johnson received the Community Health and Public Health award at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards event, held at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue, Wash., on Nov. 18, 2016.
To learn more about the March of Dimes, please visit www.marchofdimes.org.
To learn more about EvergreenHealth, visit www.evergreenhealth.com or call 425.899.3300.
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 March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.org.
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