Medina Memorial nurse recognized with ‘Caring Heart Award’
MEDINA – For the second time in three years, a nurse at Medina Memorial Hospital has been honored with the Caring Heart Award by the New York State Health Facilities Association and new York State Center for Assisted Living (Western Region Buffalo).
The latest recipient is Barbara J. Newton, a registered nurse in the North Wing at the hospital. She follows in the footsteps of Pamela Heideman, certified nursing assistant, who received the award in 2018 at a banquet at Salvatore’s in Buffalo.
As there was no banquet this year, Newton was presented with her award last week at a hospital lunch to celebrate the hospital’s zero deficiencies survey.
Each year, the New York State Health Facilities Association and New York State Center for Assisted Living (Western Region Buffalo) honor local skilled nursing facilities for service and dedication to the health care field, according to Jessica Capurso, director of Outreach, Education and Marketing at Community Partners.
Newton has been a registered nurse in Medina hospital’s skilled nursing facility for three years.
According to her supervisors, “Barbara J. Newton, RN, embodies patience, perseverance, intelligence and wisdom. In her three years with Orleans Community Health, she has led by her excellent example of hard work, compassion and kindness. We have seen her take the time to sooth an agitated resident and ‘feed’ stuffed animals so their human owners would be inspired to eat. During the past year, she has continually showed strength in the face of adversity. As we felt the crush of the COVID-19 pandemic, she continued to show up to work each day, doing whatever it took to keep residents safe and content. In as much as healthcare is a team sport, it is our desire to recognize a great leader among us.”
The Caring Heart Award is presented to one who lends a hand in times of need, puts others needs before their own, makes a positive impact in the community, brings warmth to everyday activities, takes the time to listen, creates energetic team spirit, rallies around a cause and reaches out to make a difference.