Juanita High School grad honored with Nursing Excellence Award

Sandra (Sandy) Kreider of Snohomish was recently honored with a Nursing Excellence Award for Education at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. She was one of 10 honorees, selected from 71 nominations submitted by co-workers. The Nursing Excellence Awards are presented annually at Evergreen as part of National Nurses’ Week.

Kreider is the education coordinator for several units at Evergreen. She developed a system to track staff competencies and created training modules to help staff learn new skills. Co-workers said she’s generous with her time and makes certain each person understands the lessons well. Her great sense of humor disarms tense situations and her positive optimistic attitude sets a good example.

Kreider, formerly Sandra Swain, grew up in Minnesota and Kirkland. She graduated from Juanita High School in 1985 and Shoreline Community College in 1993. She has been a nurse for 17 years and at Evergreen for 10 years.

Other honorees included Corinna Cunningham and Susan Hanser for Clinical Care, Diann Bagley for Innovation and Creativity, Lindsay Dulin for Patient Advocacy, Wilma Sameshima for Research and Advancing the Profession, Dixie Wyckoff-Raney for Mentoring and Anne Kinnaman for Leadership. Patricia Gilosa-DeAngelis was named the Rising Star and Karen Ketner was given the Chief Nursing Officer award.

Bob Malte, Evergreen’s new chief executive officer; Mary Jim Montgomery, vice president of patient services, and Cheryl Nail, vice president and chief nursing officer, presented the awards.