WHEELING — The West Virginia Health Care Association recently held its annual convention and awards banquet where it celebrated the achievements of heroes in long term care by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievement.
One local woman was given an honor of distinction during the convention in Charleston.
Judy Nesbitt is the Assistant Director of Nursing at Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital and Geriatric Center in Wheeling.
A nurse since 1977, Nesbitt has worked at Peterson for 34 years.
She was recognized for her efforts by being honored with the Individual Excellence in Direct Care award by the WVHCA.
Nesbitt is as her best when problems and challenges are big.
As the clinical nurse specialist at Peterson, Nesbitt handles all clinically complex residents and sets up all the mock codes for the facility.
She is known as a K.E.E.P.E.R., which stands for kindness, engaged, enthusiasm, purpose, excellence and responsibility.
Also during the convention, another member of the Peterson team was given a distinguished position.
Barb Sisarcick, the executive director at the facility, was elected to be a member of the WVHCA Board of Directors. She will serve a two-year term in this capacity.
Headquartered in Charleston, the WVHCA is a statewide nonprofit organization representing long-term facilities providing care for approximately 11,000 frail and elderly West Virginians.
Numerous staff members from Peterson attended the convention to cheer on Sisarcick and Nesbitt as they received their recognition.
Peterson itself was recognized as being Deficiency Free in Life Safety in 2009.
This was due in no small part to the efforts of Director of Plant Operations Joe Henderson, Director of Operational Support Services Rich Fray, Chief Nursing Officer Charlene Jones and Director of Marketing Diane Miller.
It was also revealed that Peterson received zero deficiencies during its triennial hospital licensure and certification survey during 2009.