Clay Keith, BSN, RN, PCCN, was presented the Sue Malone Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing during the annual ETMC Henderson service awards banquet April 18.
The award honors the life and commitment of Sue Malone, who served as a nurse at Henderson Memorial Hospital and ETMC Henderson for 35 years. Well-respected by her colleagues and her patients, she was known as a committed nurse, role model and mentor and for her honesty, sincerity and reliability. Recipients of the award are chosen based on how well they exemplify these characteristics, both professionally and personally. This is the fourth year the award has been presented.
Keith began his career at ETMC Henderson in December 2008 working as a nurse in the medical/surgical unit. Since joining ETMC Henderson, he has earned certification as a progressive care nurse and completed training on the insertion of PICC lines (peripherally inserted central catheters, a type of intravenous access that allows for the administration of various treatments near the heart).
He has cross-trained and worked in almost every nursing unit in the hospital. Most recently, he was transferred to the cardiology department where he serves as lead nurse performing stress tests and cardiac rehabilitation.
"Clay is well-liked and respected by all of his coworkers and physicians. He has shown himself to be trustworthy and dependable. There isn't a job that Clay could not or would not do. He is a great asset to ETMC Henderson, just as Sue Malone was," stated Sarah Moake, RN, CMSRN, director of the medical-surgical, progressive care and cardiology units, in her nomination letter.
"Clay Keith has shown himself to be an expert in the art and science of nursing and a person of integrity, " said Miguel Casas, MBA, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer. "His professional experience and his personal character made him a great choice for this award. He is an excellent representative of ETMC Henderson and the nursing profession."