Nurse, surgical tech earn internal awards from Vail Valley Medical Center
VAIL — Dean Zimmerman, RN, and Alana Dzadon, certified surgical technologist, were recently awarded Vail Valley Medical Center’s Nurse Colleague and Ancillary Colleague of the Year Awards, respectively. The two were honored at the hospital’s annual luncheon during National Hospital Week and National Nurse’s Week.
“Our clinicians are amongst the most talented and compassionate in their field,” said Doris Kirchner, the medical center’s president and CEO. “We are proud of and grateful for this year’s award winners, all the nominees and our entire staff for the care they give our community and guests every day.”
Emergency medicine physician Dr. Scott McCorvey nominated Zimmerman, writing, “Dean has an incredible amount of experience as an emergency department/critical care nurse. His compassion is evident with each sick or injured patient he cares for through advocacy, patience and thoughtfulness. He practices true patient-centered care.”
“He’s the first to listen and the first to give appropriate feedback. His demeanor and approach is respectful, warm and caring.”
Sheila Sherman, RN, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, added, “Dean is a dedicated and committed emergency department nurse. He provides the highest level of clinical skills, professionalism and compassionate patient care.”
As a perioperative coordinator, Dzadon is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of surgical patients. She is described as a “general surgery champion” in the operating room.
“Alana is an exemplary surgical scrub,” said Dr. Jim Downey, a general surgeon at the medical center, who nominated her. “She is knowledgeable, efficient, experienced and an absolute delight to operate with.”
In 2013-14, Dzadon and a colleague started a nursing scrub fellowship to teach nurses how to scrub for surgical procedures, and more recently, the two initiated the creation of a surgical technology program as a partnership between VVMC and Colorado Mountain College.
“Dzadon is a leader of innovation and a role model,” Sherman said.
Dr. Barry Hammaker, a trauma surgeon and the hospital’s chief medical officer, presented the awards.
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