Rogers named Piedmont Henry Nurse of the Year

Special to the Times

Kelly Rogers, an RN in the Emergency Department at Piedmont Henry Hospital, has been named Piedmont Henry Nurse of the Year. Rogers has been with Piedmont Henry for eight years, all in the Emergency Department.

Kelly Rogers, Nurse of the Year at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Special photo

“Kelly is an expert at making her patients and their family members comfortable in a not-so-comfortable place, the Emergency Room,” fellow Emergency Department RN Brenda Ryan said about her colleague in her nomination.

“Kelly keeps her composure and handles extremely stressful situations with professionalism at all times. She is always there for her co-workers, making sure that those of us who are working with her are taken care of, all while answering calls, checking in rescues, starting PIVs, and the list goes on and on,” Ryan said.

“Kelly always does what is best for the patient and is a great patient advocate,” said co-worker Christen Cochran in his nomination.

Rogers won a four-day trip on a Royal Caribbean Cruise, donated by Piedmont Henry’s Medical Executive Committee, for her and her husband. Rogers, who lives in Jackson, graduated from Gordon College in nursing.

Her first husband passed away in 2001 with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), leaving her with two young girls to raise. She said her husband’s battle with the disease inspired her to go into nursing.

“I believe in treating all my patients as if they were my family members,” Rogers said.

Joey Forte, RNC, and Karen Carter, RN, are runners-up for this year’s Piedmont Henry Nurse of the Year.

“Joey has been working at Piedmont Henry for over 29 years. He started working here when it was Henry General and he was in high school. We can always depend on Joey to have a solution when a problem comes up,” said co-worker Beverly Williams, unit secretary, 4 South.

“He is continually updating his nursing knowledge to continue his certification. This is not required but he does this to be the best nurse he can be,” co-worker Darlene Cole, RN, BSN, said in her nomination of Forte.

“Karen is the picture of the nurse who goes above and beyond all the time,” Sharon Goddard, RN, said in her nomination of Carter. “When I first came to CCU in 2008 she was manager and she was one of the main reasons I wanted to come to the CCU area.”