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(05/05/14) - There were plenty of happy faces early Monday morning at Hurley Medical Center.
An all out flash mob and breakfast party kicked off Hurley's celebration of National Nurses Week.
"We have all kinds of things all week long to say 'thank you' to our nurses, 900 plus nurses strong here at Hurley providing clinical excellence and service to people every day. We have ice cream socials, we've got massages," said Ilene Cantor, Hurley Medical Center communications director.
Many of the nurses strutting their stuff had just wrapped up a 12 hour overnight shift, and they simply appreciated being appreciated for doing the job they love.
The highlight of the week will be the presentation of the Sue White Award, given to Hurley's nurse of the year.|
"Their ability to care for patients is amazing and what they do day in and day out is very remarkable, so whoever is nominated and whoever wins this will no doubt emulate some of those characteristics," said John Stewart, Hurley Medical Center administrator.
Nurses week is also about the patients. Craig Leach formed a special bond with one particular nurse while spending seven weeks at Hurley last year.
"They saved my life twice," he said. "My heart stopped twice, they saved it twice and I'm here to tell about it."
It was his surprise reunion with Brian Barna that made this celebration so special. Now that the two have become reacquainted, they're making some big plans for down the road.