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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


Martinsburg VAMC Chief Nurse Earns State Nursing Award

September 28, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center proudly announced today that Susan E. George, Associate Medical Center Director (AMCD), Nursing Programs and Education was selected by the West Virginia Center for Nursing as a recipient of the 2011 “Celebrating Nursing Excellence” Award.

The mission of the West Virginia Center for Nursing is to enhance and strengthen nursing excellence to optimize the health and health care of all West Virginians through strategic workforce planning, education, research and nurse practice development.

George received the award in the “Excellence in Nursing Leadership” category for demonstrated commitment, compassion and collaboration in the nursing profession.  She leads the Nursing Service through a participative management style and shared governance through a council structure.  This two way communication encourages both a more satisfied staff and better care for patients.

“This award validates the extraordinary professionalism and dedication Susie demonstrates for our staff and Veterans on a continual basis – she inspires her nurses and brings out their best,” said Medical Center Director Ann R. Brown.  “We thank her for representing the very best in nursing leadership.”

This award follows on the heels of the nursing staff, led by George, earning the Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.  The medical center was the first health care organization in West Virginia and the first Veterans Affairs facility in the country to earn this national certification.

“Her true strength is how much she cares,” said Customer Service Chief, Bob Manness.  “She is dedicated to the achievement of quality and excellence for our patients, their families and our staff.”

George completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa.  Graduate level studies were completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the School of Health Related Professions, Department of Health Services, and she received a Masters Degree in Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

She began her VA career in 1974 holding staff nurse positions at the Gainesville VAMC, Gainesville, Fla., and the James A. Haley VAMC, in Tampa.  Her administrative career began in 1982 as the Operating Room Nurse Manager at the James A. Haley VAMC.  She continued to assume positions of increased administrative responsibility and in 1992 became the Assistant Chief Nursing Service, Critical Care and Operative Services.

In 2001, she relocated to the Richmond VAMC, Richmond, Va. as the Associate Chief of Nursing for Surgery/Special Care Areas until her promotion to Associate Medical Center Director, Nursing Programs and Education at Martinsburg in May 2006.

The West Virginia Center for Nursing will honor George, along with other award winners at a gala event on Saturday, October 8.  The black-tie event, Celebrating Nursing Excellence in West Virginia, will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, W.Va.