Message From the President
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching, and we want to pause and consider the many blessings for which we are thankful:
Family and friends are at the top of the list for all of us, I’m sure, followed by gratitude for our warm homes, apartments or dorm rooms. I hope that most can also be grateful for good health or good health care for those in need.
Our faculty and staff are grateful for the dedication and perseverance of our wonderful students, who are staying focused despite the approaching Thanksgiving break. And, we are all thankful for the newly acquired space and the moving of many offices and some classrooms/conference rooms to the former Medical Staff Building (MSB). The MSB is now part of the College of Nursing. The move will begin this month.
I am personally so grateful for the privilege of serving as your President and working with so many talented, highly motivated and compassionate colleagues, and having the wonderful support and partnership of Mount Carmel Health System and Trinity Health.
I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving together with faculty, staff and students at the Interfaith Prayer Service. Faith leaders from Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths will reflect on the themes of patience, trust and gratitude. All are invited to donate warm clothing and hats and gloves to those less fortunate in the Franklinton community. The service will take place on Monday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lounge with lunch.
In addition, I am so grateful for – and proud of – MCCN after attending the 7th Annual Ohio Nurse of the Year Awards Luncheon sponsored by the March of Dimes last Friday. At the event, which was held at the Hyatt, MCCN had four finalists: Margaret Stinner, Erin Wilson, Roxanne Oliver and Steve Koczwara, who are all great faculty members as well as collaborators and role models. Roxanne Oliver was named as the 2019 winner in the Educator – Academia category and all our representatives, along with her husband, were a great cheering section as she went up to the stage to receive her award. All of our finalists do an outstanding job every day and we are proud of their being named finalists because of the tough competition from across Ohio. Throughout the luncheon and program, I kept thinking how the program validates Gallup's finding that "nurses are the most trusted profession in health care" and why our vision and mission to prepare nurses at MCCN is so important to one and all.
Stop in to say hello!
As always, please stop in to say hello and share your thoughts with me. I love to address your questions and concerns directly, so please know that my door is always open. I wish each of you a Happy and Bountiful Thanksgiving Day!
Ann Marie Brooks, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP
President, Mount Carmel College of Nursing