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CMC/DHK Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Operating Room Nursing Certification

June 05, 2015
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). CCI’s CNOR® certification program is designed for operating room nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients.

After studying for and passing an extensive exam, all of CMC/DHK operating room nurses were awarded the CNOR® Strong certification in March of this year. The team led by Christa Weaver, RN, CNOR, RNFA and Kim Cotter, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNF are: Sarah Brubaker, RN, BA, CNOR; Brian Bunce, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA; Eric Hood, RN, BSN, CNOR; Keith Kelley, RN, CNOR; Christy Lambert, RN, CNOR; Rebecca Lovejoy, RN, BA, CNOR; Joy Paquette, RN, CNOR; Catherine Smith, RN, CNOR; Tami Uvena, RN, CNOR; and Elaine Waldo, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA.

The CNOR® Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its operating room nursing staff CNOR® certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. This is the first year CCI has awarded this elite status to facilities nationwide. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

“This distinction signifies that our facility advances a culture of patient safety,” says Don Caruso, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, “We are proud of every one of our nurses and salute their commitment to quality and safety in obtaining this specialty certification.”

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CRNFA® credentials to more than 34,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative (operating room) nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning. For more information about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit www.cc-institute.org.

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Above: Standing (L-R): Eric Hood, RN, BSN, CNOR; Joy Paquette, RN, CNOR; Catherine Smith, RN, CNOR; Rebecca Lovejoy, RN, BA, CNOR; Christy Lambert, RN, CNOR; Keith Kelley, RN, CNOR; Brian Bunce, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA
Seated (L-R): Kim Cotter, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA; Sarah Brubaker, RN, BA, CNOR; Tami Uvena, RN, CNOR; Elaine Waldo, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA; Christa Weaver, RN, CNOR, RNFA

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

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