LEXINGTON – Sandy Mathis, RN, CHPN, has been chosen as the 2016 MediStar Nurse of the Year. This award is presented to a nurse who has gone above and beyond their normal responsibilities to improve best practices and contribute to patient education.
Mathis’ love of nursing started early when she served as a candy striper in the 1950s. She graduated from nursing school at the age of 20 and has been actively employed as a Registered Nurse for 54 years.
Mathis has cared for seriously ill patients and their families since 1963. One of her accomplishments includes starting a hospice in Harlan County. Soon after, she joined Hospice of the Bluegrass where she has served for 23 years. She began the Hospice Nurse Liaison Program at Baptist Health Lexington, and later helped Baptist Health Lexington and Hospice of the Bluegrass bring palliative care to patients in the hospital.
“To watch Sandy at work is to watch a nurse with complete dedication to helping patients and families understand their choices,” said Liz Fowler, Hospice of the Bluegrass President and CEO. “Her compassion, empathy and patience help families during a difficult time.”
The MediStar Awards are the region’s premier venue for recognizing the best-of-the-best in the business of healthcare. Since 2007 the MediStar Awards have recognized excellence in the business of healthcare by honoring healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, design, aging, as well as announcing the Physician and Nurse of the Year.
Hospice of the Bluegrass is a national leader in delivering high quality end-of-life care and a pioneer in developing new programs that are responsive to the evolving needs of seriously ill patients and their families. In addition to providing hospice services in 32 counties across central, southeastern and northern Kentucky, Hospice of the Bluegrass operates the Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass, Extra Care Private Duty Nursing, Bluegrass Care Choices and Kentucky Appalachian Transition Services. All of these programs offer invaluable services that enhance the quality of life of patients and families. For more information call (855) 492-0812 or visit www.hospicebg.org.