Health System Names Longtime Nurse Recently Named Star of the Quarter

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 23, 2011– Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that team member Peggy Tuten, FNP, CDE, has been named the latest Health System Stars of the Quarter. Each quarter, Health System team members may nominate a fellow team member that he or she feels goes above and beyond expectations in meeting the Health System’s Service Excellence standards.

Tuten, a family nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. During her junior year, she joined the Navy Nurse Corps. After graduation, she attended officer candidate school in Newport, RI. She later served at U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Va., on the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose in Vietnam and U.S. Naval Hospital San Diego, Calif., before completing her six years of duty at U.S. Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. Tuten joined the Health System in August 1973 as an evening and night supervisor, the same year her husband, ophthalmologist Cal Tuten, M.D., opened his practice in Brunswick. With the exception of briefly resigning to complete her graduate degree, she has worked at the Health System in various capacities, including serving as a house supervisor and diabetes educator. Additionally, Tuten has worked for the past seven years as a volunteer family nurse practitioner at Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP). In 2009, she began working part-time in the Health System’s Team Member Health Department and joined the Health System’s Brunswick Campus Auxiliary.

“Peggy was nominated and selected for this honor due to her long-time dedication and commitment to serving others,” says Patrick Ebri, Ph.D., vice president, Human Resources. “If a team member is unable to leave his or her floor or department, she takes Team Member Health services to them. She is a true role model in providing exceptional customer service and is an inspiration to those around her.”