Health System Honors Nurses, Names Nurse of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: May 5, 2010 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that Michele Gornto, R.N., has been named the Health System’s Nurse of the Year 2010. Gornto, a Resource Management Nurse at the Health System’s Brunswick Campus, was selected from a group of 17 nurses from throughout the Health System who were nominated by fellow team members for their outstanding service. The announcement was made during a reception held Wednesday, May 5, as part of National Nurses Week festivities. Each year the Health System joins the American Nurses Association (ANA) in recognition of the commitment nurses make every day to patients and the community. This year with the theme was "Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow." Gornto joined the Health System in 2008. She was nominated and subsequently chosen to receive the award for her outstanding leadership and enthusiasm in providing her patients with compassionate care and treating fellow team members with respect, says Elizabeth J. Gunn, MSN, vice president, Patient Care Services.

“The purpose of this award is to highlight the selfless contributions of individuals who are part of the nursing profession and to say thank you to all our nursing colleagues,” Gunn says. “All of our nominees are outstanding and Michele is an excellent choice for this award. She has proven herself to be dedicated to giving our patients the best care available and has gained the admiration and respect of team members, patients and their families. Even when under stress, she handles her duties with grace and professionalism and is an outstanding example of what a nurse should be. We are proud to have nurses like Michele and her fellow nominees on our Health System team. ”

The other nominees for the award were: Brenda Antonio, R.N.; Jessica Blackmon, R.N.; Nancy Brown, R.N.; Liz Bruno, R.N.; Beth Buie, R.N.; Kimberly Duncan, R.N.; Cecelia Granahan, R.N.; Erin Gregory, R.N.: Alicia Herrin, R.N.; Jennifer Krauss, R.N.; Valerie McPhatter, R.N.; Gabriel Neilson-Nichols, R.N.: Pam Nurmi, R.N.; Denise Padilla, R.N..; Joyce Squires, R.N.; and Cindy White, R.N. In addition to the Nurse of the Year Reception, Health System nurses were honored throughout the week with candy-grams, coupons, and a special presentation.To find out about nursing careers with the Health System, visit and click on “Find A Career.”