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Work of Heart

Honoring area nurses

In February and March, we asked you to send us a few words about your favorite nurse, and you delivered.

There is no denying the impact nurses have on the people they care for. When our loved ones are hospitalized, when our kids have an ache or pain at school, when we need extra care as we age, it is kind nurses who step in as our heroes and help us.

National Nurse Week is May 6-12. Take the time that week to let a nurse in your life know how much you appreciate them.

Georjean Burnell
Devine Wesley Nurse, Methodist Healthcare Ministries
“While her job is to help the underserved in our community, she takes it to the next level. She has helped bridge the gap between Devine and Hondo … She is considered the ‘Bread Fairy,’ ensuring that no needed food goes to waste in our county. Georjean also works with the Medina County Indigent Care Coordinator and the South Texas Rural Healthcare Nurse Practitioner to ensure that all Medina County residents receive the best health care possible despite any disparities they may be facing. Her diligence helps not only the residents of Devine (her work area) but also the Senior Nutrition Center and the County’s Women’s Shelter, as well. Her passion for serving the underserved with God’s grace is above and beyond. She also is a part of the Medina County Community Emergency Response Team and works as part of Medina County’s point of distribution team. She really enjoys her job and volunteering. Helping others is not just the right thing to do; she views it as the Godly thing to do.”
—Nominated by Michael Burnell

Chesney Ducos
Castroville Elementary School Nurse
“Chesney Ducos … deserves to be honored for her commitment to keeping us healthy! … She goes above and beyond to ensure that our students are happy and healthy. She also does this for all the staff who works here. … She’s our personal super hero!”
—Nominated by Castroville first-grade teachers and first-graders

Lori Keck
Frio Regional Hospital
“Lori Keck is an outstanding emergency room nurse. Years ago Lori was the essential key to a lung cancer diagnosis in my loved one. Previously, several doctors and nurses had missed the clues, which ultimately led to the final diagnosis. Lori has been a dedicated nurse with a big heart for many years, and she is extremely skilled in her field of expertise. She is always ready to give her patients the best of care.”
—Nominated by Melanie L Rigby

Kerry Porter
Medina Regional Hospital
“Kerry has been a nurse with the Medina Healthcare System since 1983 … 36 years in September. She truly is a staple within the Emergency Department… While she has seen many changes to the ins and outs of healthcare through her years, one thing has always remained the same; Kerry’s focus on quality care has never wavered. In fact, she has been a mentor to several ER nurses throughout the years and ensures that attention to detail and a focus on not only the patient but also their family remains a priority…. By definition, an effective nurse is caring, understanding, non-judgmental and has a strong ability to empathize with patients from all walks of life. This epitomizes her, day in and day out.”
—Nominated by Team at Medina Healthcare System

Erin Rugh
Medina Regional Hospital
“Mrs. Rugh is an amazing person who always says hello and has a big ol’ smile when you see her. She works so hard and makes sure you are well taken care of and goes above and beyond to make your day better!!”
—Nominated by Cecily Guerra

Tausha Whitwell
Frio Regional Home Health Nurse
“Even when we have to call on Tausha on the weekends or in the middle of the night, she always is upbeat and friendly, and is more like a friend with great nursing skills. She treats my husband with such respect and dignity. … She truly cares for him, and it shows in everything she does. She isn’t just doing a job. She is a caring and compassionate nurse.”
—Nominated by Linda Tate-Speed