Nurses take a Bow

There is one special week that is set aside each year to recognize the hardworking nurses around East Texas. This is that time of year. Thursday at Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches organizers ended their week long celebration with food, praise, door prizes and awards. Hospital Administrator Gary Stokes told the group, "You are the folks who make us shine and we want to thank you for it." TENET, Medical Center's parent company, donates $500 each year to the favorite charity of an employee chosen by a committee at the hospital. This year the committee decided to split the award and give it to two people, a nurse and a non-nursing employee. The recipients are Rhonda Myers, RN and Kathy Jones who is a registered nurse who works in the business office. Myers said because of her love for children, she would donate her award to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Jones said she would donate her award to The American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Alliance in memory of her late brother, Kerry McSwain. She said her brother was a non-smoker who died of lung cancer and she wanted to help educate the public about the dangers. There are about 300 nurses employed by Medical Center. Many of them are products of the hospital's partnership with S-F-A, Angelina and Panola colleges. National Nurses Day was first designated in 1998 and then expanded. The week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday.