Matthew Rice, RN, BSN Receives Tennova Healthcare Cleveland Nursing Excellence Award

Monday, November 16, 2020
Pictured are Matt Rice and Kris Cherry
Pictured are Matt Rice and Kris Cherry

Tennova Healthcare Cleveland announced that Matthew Rice, RN, BSN, dialysis coordinator, has been selected to receive its Nursing Excellence Award. 

This peer-nominated award, created in honor of 2020 being the “Year of the Nurse,” and in recognition of the "critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the COVID pandemic," was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who "consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence."

"Matt was chosen from among more than 30 nominations for his outstanding contributions in the areas of compassionate healthcare," officials said.

“Matt is known for being professional, knowledgeable and always kind,” said Connie Deloach, RN manager. 

Other nominations for the nursing excellence award include: Dana Woods, Lisa Thompson, Jaime Bettis, Leighann Works, Jennifer Dailey, Deborah McClure, April Johnson, Josh Pratt, Tabatha Evans , Cheryl Coffey , Gina Vincent, Keisha Shelton, Katrina Chancey, Rebekah Greenwood, Brittany White, Tessie West, Cynthia Bush, Amy Frederick, Janet Cody, Deanna Simons, Daana Brezitskiy, Wendy Speegle, Joanna Miller, Kaitlin Burrell, Sonya Jones, Linda Triplett, Taylor Williams, Lisa Beard and Autumn Vecchione.

“Tennova Healthcare Cleveland is fortunate to have many outstanding nurses like Matt among its ranks. Nurses who deliver exemplary care, compassion and service, who understand the importance of teamwork and mentoring others, who can lead in times of crises, and who are true champions of promoting healthcare in our community,” said Kris Cherry, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer of Tennova Healthcare - Cleveland.  “With so much focus this year on the selfless efforts of front line heroes like Matt, we are pleased to acknowledge the important contributions our nursing professionals."

"Matt joined in May of 2013 and in that time has been nothing but compassionate and professional.  Matt oversees our Dialysis Department and works to ensure his patients receive the highest quality of care," officials said.

In addition to receiving the Nursing Excellence Award, Mr. Rice received a cash prize and quintessential book on nursing, written by Florence Nightingale in 1859.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Kris Cherry, chief nursing officer; Connie Deloach, RN manager; Matt Rice, RN; Julia Rice; Cassie Adams; and Mike Frier from the Dialysis Team
Pictured, from left to right, are: Kris Cherry, chief nursing officer; Connie Deloach, RN manager; Matt Rice, RN; Julia Rice; Cassie Adams; and Mike Frier from the Dialysis Team

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