“Lake Regional has amazing nurses throughout our health system,” said Melissa Hunter, Lake Regional Health System's senior vice president of Clinical Services.

Lake Regional Health System selected six outstanding nurses to honor during National Nurses’ Week, May 6–12. The award committee received 108 nominations from employees wishing to honor their co-workers. 

“Lake Regional has amazing nurses throughout our health system,” said Melissa Hunter, R.N., MSN, Lake Regional Health System’s senior vice president of Clinical Services and chief nursing officer. “We commend these award winners for dedicating their lives to serving others.”

Carissa Crooks, R.N., Family Birth Center, and Lindsey Griffin, R.N., Intensive Care Unit, each received a Rookie of the Year award. This award recognizes first-year nurses who show great compassion, excellence in skills and a desire to learn the registered nurse role. Crooks lives in Eldon, and Griffin lives in Camdenton.

Judy Mahoney, LPN, Cancer Center, received the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year award. This award recognizes a nurse who demonstrates commitment to providing excellent care by participating in quality improvement initiatives and educational opportunities. Mahoney lives in Camdenton.

Tilly Schmidt, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award. This award recognizes a nurse practitioner who is a role model for integrity, clinical excellence and a positive attitude. Schmidt lives in Osage Beach.

Jeri Swanson, R.N., Outpatient, received the Spirit of Nursing award. Florence Nightingale said, “Nursing is an art,” and one must have passion to create masterpieces. This award recognizes a nurse who always looks for opportunities to brighten the day of patients and co-workers. Swanson lives in Camdenton.

Jennifer Wiethop, R.N., Intensive Care Unit, received the Mentorship award. This award recognizes a nurse who is known for helping other nurses learn and succeed. Wiethop lives in Linn Creek. 

Lake Regional Health System currently employs approximately 487 nurses — 92 licensed practical nurses, 363 registered nurses and 32 nurse practitioners.