EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce Jeruschia Horton, a charge nurse in the critical care unit (CCU), was given the LifeSaver Award for the month of May by LifeCenter Northwest (LCNW).
Horton received the honor for effectively managing a complex organ donation that facilitated the best possible result for the donor’s family, hospital staff and the organ donor recipients. The monthly award recognizes and honors providers who go to great lengths to save lives in instances where organ and tissue donation is critical. Horton was also featured in the LCNW monthly newsletter LifeSaver Series, which highlights the honoree’s commitment to saving lives.
“We congratulate Jerushia on this honor and for facilitating organ and tissue donation,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Her critical work is an example of our commitment to create a lasting, positive impact on our patients and the local community.”
Horton is a steward for organ and tissue donation in the CCU. As a charge nurse, she assumes managerial responsibilities, including patient care and coordination, and communication between various medical teams to help facilitate the gift of life through organ and tissue donations.
Horton received the award for displaying great composure, focus and leadership during an organ donation case at EvergreenHealth. She worked closely with multiple parties, calming colleagues, communicating with physicians and comforting the patient’s family as she supported their wishes. Horton also coordinated a meeting between hospital staff and the LCNW clinical team to assess the situation, devise a strategy and execute the necessary steps in an extremely complicated, delicate and time-sensitive organ donation instance where time was of the essence.
Through Horton’s efforts, EvergreenHealth accommodated both the wishes of the donor patient and the patient’s family, while simultaneously supporting the staff and coordinating life-saving transplants. Horton’s work resulted in three organ transplants to two individuals, giving each a second chance at life.
Horton is an advocate for organ and tissue donations and consistently works behind the scenes with the LCNW team to maximize donation opportunities. The collaborative partnership between EvergreenHealth and LCNW make the gift of life through organ and tissue donations possible.