Duke Regional’s Health Care Heroes

We are proud to have five team members included on Triangle Business Journal’s 2015 Health Care Heroes list. This award honors leaders in the Triangle’s health care industry and their extraordinary achievements. Here are the Duke Regional employees who made the list:

031015b_gentry007Candace Gentry, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Title: Strategic Services Associate/Outcome Manager
Department: Patient Safety and Clinical Quality
Length of time at Duke Regional: 13 years

“I work to ensure evidence-based practice is developed and used consistently for our stroke population. I provide education to our community and staff to ensure everyone knows that stroke is an emergency.”

Mitchell, Heather - 031015d_mitchell002Heather Mitchell, BSN, RN
Title: Clinical Team Lead
Department: Emergency Medicine
Length of time at Duke Regional: 12 years

I work to improve patient experience in the emergency department by training staff to greet all patients in a friendly and professional manner. I also keep staff informed of what our patients are saying about the care we provide. We want their visit to be the best that it can be.”

031015c_murray003Melissa Murray, BSN, RN
Title: Nurse Manager, Operations
Department: Mother-Baby/GYN Unit and Special Care Nursery
Length of time at Duke Regional: 15 years

“I lead our teams on the Mother-Baby/GYN Unit and Special Care Nursery in providing exceptional care for the mothers and babies who choose Duke Regional for their once in a lifetime event. I encourage the team to always think about ways we could be doing things better and to make sure that our patients have the best possible experience during their stay.”

031015a_orto009Vicky Orto, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Title: Chief Nursing and Patient Services Officer
Department: Administration
Length of time at Duke Regional: five years

“Nurses are essential to the success of our organization. Making sure nurses are involved in decision-making and have all the tools they need to succeed is my main priority. I want our nurses to be leaders in their area of practice and role models in our community.

Robbins, Carolyn 'Lynn' - 031115_robbins009Lynn Robbins, PharmD, RPh
Title: Pharmacy Director
Department: Duke Regional’s satellite pharmacy at Lincoln Community Health Center
Length of time at Duke Regional: 37 years

“I’m proud to work with an innovative team ensuring medication safety and access to medications for thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients. In collaboration with community partners, Lincoln Pharmacy is advancing the culture that health care for the poor does not mean poor health care.”

The finalists were honored at an awards dinner on March 12. Melissa Murray and Lynn Robbins were chosen as winners in their categories.