Ohio Hospital Newswire


Mercy Health Nurses Receive 2017 OONE Nursing Leadership Awards




The Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives presented two leadership awards yesterday at its semi-annual conference in Columbus. The Aspiring Nurse Leader Award was presented to Courtney Stryffeler, nurse manager, Perioperative Services, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The OONE Leadership Award was presented to Stephanie Meade, vice president of Nursing, Mercy Health West Hospital. The nurse executives earned the awards for their exceptional leadership, guidance and service to their institutions and the profession of nursing.  
Since her arrival at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in January 2017, Stryffeler has kept patient satisfaction scores in the 80th percentile, boosted staff morale, reduced staff turnover and promoted teamwork in her departments. She implemented leadership rounding in the surgical waiting area and her unit was the first to pilot electronic self-scheduling.
Meade was responsible for opening a brand-new hospital that combined the staff and operations of two hospitals that were closing. Under her direction, new team members were added to provide services such as open-heart surgery and labor and delivery that were not previously available in the community. Under Meade’s leadership, every nursing unit at Mercy Health West Hospital has outperformed the national average for engagement in relationship to nurse autonomy, leadership access, inter-professional relationships, teamwork, collaboration and professional development.
OONE is a state organization of nurse leaders serving as the catalyst for innovative health care in Ohio and the nation. OONE members improve health care through education, technology, research, consulting, networking and information sharing.
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