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Whidbey General Hospital workers receive high honors

Whidbey General Hospital Respiratory Therapist Katherine Riddle recently accepted ab award for collaborative work performed at WGH around tobacco cessation.   - Photo courtesy of Whidbey General Hospital
Whidbey General Hospital Respiratory Therapist Katherine Riddle recently accepted ab award for collaborative work performed at WGH around tobacco cessation.
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Whidbey General Hospital is congratulating two employees for the recent accolades they’ve brought home to the hospital.

The Public Health Foundation of Washington, D.C. has named Whidbey General Hospital the third-place winner in its “I’m Your Community Guide!” contest.

WGH Respiratory Therapist Katherine Riddle recently accepted the award for collaborative work performed at the Coupeville hospital around tobacco cessation.

Riddle, a Freeland resident, submitted WGH’s journey to become a tobacco-free facility to the Public Health Foundation’s “I’m Your Community Guide!” contest based on using the “Guide to Community Preventive Services” to successfully improve the health of a community.

The contest idea was a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and PHF.

“Tobacco Free for Good” began at WGH in 2004, and the work is ongoing. It has included the key groups of Island County Health Department, WGH’s Cancer Committee, the hospital’s emergency department and the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.

Whidbey General Hospital Nurse Leader Janice Maham was recognized for 20 Years of CCRN Certification. Maham received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.

Since 1991 she has consistently maintained her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification offered through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation. Maham, an Oak Harbor resident, is one of 1,234 CCRNs being honored this year.

CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN designation is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

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