The Ohio Hospital Association named MCCN alumnus Jeremy Daugherty, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager for Surgery at Mount Carmel East (MCE), as a finalist for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award.

The statewide award honors a hospital employee who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s health care facilities, goes above and beyond, gives back to the community and has overcome odds to succeed.

Pictured above: Mount Carmel Director of Surgical Services Betty Jo Rocchio, MCE President & COO Brinsley Lewis, MCE Nurse Manager for Surgery and Health Care Worker of the Year Finalist Jeremy Daugherty, and MCE Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Luchsinger.

“I was overwhelmed and flattered to be nominated for this award,” said Jeremy, who works every day to lead by example, personifying the role of a true servant leader.

If a situation requires skills not his strength, Jeremy never hesitates to ask staff for help, utilizing their strengths in the best interests of patients and the department. In Jeremy’s nomination, one of his clinical managers said, “The entire OR shows up better – in staffing and in our service to patients and surgeons – because Jeremy is in that role.” Outside surgery, Jeremy fosters relationships throughout the hospital and the system that enhance service to patients and staff.

Educated at Mount Carmel College of Nursing with his entire professional career spent at Mount Carmel, Jeremy embodies our mission and core values. Our mission is reflected in every decision Jeremy makes in the best interest of the patient, in Jeremy’s efforts to lead by example, in his empathy with staff, and in the high level of service he provides to patients, physicians and staff, within surgery and throughout the hospital. Jeremy demonstrates a high degree of compassion and respect for others and empathizes with the patient’s point of view. He never loses sight that everyone in surgery, throughout the hospital and throughout the system, works for the larger healthcare ministry at Mount Carmel.

“This is my second family; I’ve worked here half my life,” said Jeremy. “To think of working somewhere else doesn’t enter my mind.”

Jeremy also serves as the Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement (LOOP) liaison for MCE. In this role Jeremy is the lynchpin enabling MCE to facilitate organ donations from patients who suffer an untimely death. Thanks to his strong efforts, MCE won the Silver Medal of Honor three times from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jeremy overcame incredible odds in his personal life—surviving not one but two brain tumors. He had surgery twice in his own department by surgeons and staff he works with very closely every day. Jeremy placed his life in their hands, which was comforting; but as the former neurosurgery clinical manager, he was well acquainted with the associated risks of his procedure. After his second surgery, Jeremy had a longer recovery because he had to learn to walk again. Due to lost feeling on one side, Jeremy had his car altered so he could continue to drive. This experience fueled his passion for the patient perspective.

Congratulations Jeremy! And thank you to all our nominees for representing the true essence of Mount Carmel so well.

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