RMC recognizes top nurses with Nursing Awards of Excellence


Sylvia Ott, RN, (left) and Jimmy Conner, RN, (center) were honored as the Regional Medical Center’s 2018 Nurses of the Year. Tracy Sandifer, RN, (right) received the 2018 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently honored three of its own with Nursing Awards of Excellence.

“I truly believe that health care is a calling, and I am extremely proud of our nurses for answering that call every single day,” said RMC President and CEO Charles Williams.

Jimmy Conner, RN, an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse, received Nurse of the Year honors in Specialty Care for being a “consummate professional” and for serving as a role model in comforting families in crisis. According to ICU Director Scott Bates, “Jimmy is a seasoned critical care nurse who always goes the extra mile to make patients and families feel at ease.”

Sylvia Ott, RN, was recognized as Nurse of the Year in General/Supervisory Care for her outstanding contributions serving on Fourth West. “Sylvia genuinely loves what she does and her enthusiasm for helping people really shines through,” said Peggy Callahan Moore, RN, nurse director for Fourth West. Her coworkers could not agree more. “Sylvia has literally devoted her entire life to helping others,” they said.

RMC Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff based on their clinical skills, compassion, and enthusiasm for creating an exceptional patient experience.

Tracy Sandifer, RN, a unit-based educator on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU), received the prestigious Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, Nightingale Award recipients are nominated by members of RMC’s nursing staff for demonstrating clinical excellence, concern for others, leadership, enthusiasm and a healthy work ethic.

About the Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) health system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission and 24 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC has advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

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