Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – Award Presentation & Tour

by Carmela Nazareno on July 14, 2015

It’s an exciting week for Soliant! On Monday, July 13, 2015, we made our way to Americus, GA to present an award to Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. for 2015, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

phoebe-sumter-medical-centerWe were warmly greeted by Marcus Johnson, Marketing Director at PSMC, who has been our main point of contact for the duration of this year’s contest. The award ceremony began with an opening message by PSMC CEO Brandi Lunneborg, followed by a message from Americus’ Mayor Barry Blount. Tera Tuten, Soliant Vice President of Marketing and Operations, spoke about the impact that Phoebe Sumter’s participation has made on Soliant’s annual contest before officially presenting the award to PSMC. The award presentation concluded  with a message from Phoebe Putney Health System CEO Joel Wernick. [click to continue…]



In our new ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we will introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too.

Blog of the MonthOur first featured blogger is Shelly Lopez Gray, the registered nurse behind the blog Adventures of a Labor Nurse: the Highs and Lows of Labor and Delivery. She writes about

Shelly Lopez Gray - Adventures of a Labor Nurse the secret (good) work of nurses and provides information for women before, during and after their pregnancy as well as resources for nurses for professional growth and development.

Shelly works at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and at Houston Methodist San Jacinto. She volunteers teaching prenatal classes to women at a pregnancy crisis center and provides breastfeeding information to mothers at a teen clinic. Shelly is dedicated to the health of moms and babies and genuinely believes that every nurse has the potential for greatness.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What lead you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

I always thought I wanted to be a nurse. There are so many nurses in my family, including my mom and my sister. When I was 25 I found myself pregnant and very nervous. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to financially support myself and my daughter if anything ever happened to my husband. So I decided to go to nursing school. I graduated in 2009 with my ADN, 2011 with my BSN, and 2015 with my MSN. I’m currently in a DNP program.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I realized very quickly that there’s a gap between our patients and their healthcare providers. I worked at a hospital that served a lot of young mothers, and I wanted to find a way to provide patient education prior to hospital admission. I also wanted to inspire nurses. My first year as a nurse, I went to an AWHONN national convention and realized that nurses are the same everywhere! We’re all experiencing the same emotions, and we’re basically all taking care of the same patient.  It was very reassuring to know that I was not alone.

Has anything surprised you about starting a blog?

I never realized it would take off the way it has. It’s been a truly incredible experience, and I’m so very grateful that I’ve been given an opportunity. I just want to do something good with it.

What can our readers expect to find on Adventures of a Labor Nurse?

You can find information geared towards women and their partners on anything pregnancy-related….from breastfeeding to grief support to what to expect during labor and delivery. Nurses can find inspiration and education. I’m constantly adding new stuff.

I actually just started a non-profit organization called NursesWomenBabies. I plan on highlighting the creative talents of nurses and women to help raise money for charities that support the population and profession that I’m so passionate about.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a labor nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Join your professional organization, get certified, and get involved. We have the ability to impact so many things, we have to collectively raise our voices to make a difference.

Connect with Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Shelly also blogs over at the Huffington Post.


Do you have a favorite nursing blog or run a nursing blog yourself? Nominate them or yourself to be featured in the comments below!


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2015 MBH Winner Spotlight – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

by Carmela Nazareno on June 16, 2015

2015-most-beautiful-hospitalsThis year’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. contest has been momentous, humbling, and astounding all at the same time. Year after year, we see hospitals ramp up their engagement efforts in hopes of making our Top 20 list in the last few weeks of our contest. This year was a little different in that we received a record-breaking (almost) 400,000 votes, a quarter of which were for one hospital alone. [click to continue…]


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2015-most-beautiful-hospitalsAfter a record-breaking 388,505 votes (more than one and a half times the votes from last year) the results are in for Soliant Health’s 7th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America. [click to continue…]




Did you know? Just ONE WEEK separates us from June 8, 2015: the day when we will find out which hospitals reign as Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2015!  In previous years, we’ve seen votes rush in during these last few days, so if want to see your hospital make it to the Top 20 — now is the time to vote, vote, VOTE! Don’t forget to keep encouraging your friends, families, and colleagues to do the same! Wondering where your hospital stands? Check out our rankings as of today, June 2, 2015:

  1. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
  2. Homestead Hospital
  3. Forest Park Medical Center – San Antonio
  4. Riverside Regional Medical Center
  5. HealthPark Medical Center
  6. St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
  7. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  8. Doctors Memorial Hospital
  9. Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center
  10. Forest Park Medical Center – Southlake
  11. Logan Regional Hospital
  12. Forest Park Medical Center – Fort Worth
  13. West Shore Hospital
  14. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  15. Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
  16. Mercy Health West Hospital
  17. Flagler Hospital
  18. Adirondack Health
  19. Riverview Medical Center
  20. La Rabida Children’s Hospital
  21. Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute
  22. Caromont Regional Medical Center
  23. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  24. Gulf Coast Medical Center
  25. Summit Pacific Medical Center
  26. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  27. Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
  28. CHI Health St. Francis
  29. Memorial Hospital
  30. Eisenhower Medical Center
  31. Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  32. Tenets Resolute Health Hospital
  33. Bear River Valley Hospital
  34. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
  35. Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute
  36. Palomar Medical Center
  37. Orange Regional Medical Center
  38. McKay-Dee Hospital
  39. Metro Health Hospital
  40. Parker Adventist Hospital
  41. North Valley Hospital Whitefish
  42. Virtua Voorhees
  43. Chestnut Hill Hospital
  44. Desert Regional Medical Center
  45. Providence Regional Medical Center
  46. Sierra Providence East Medical Center
  47. Seattle Children’s Hospital – Building Hope
  48. Sky Lakes Medical Center
  49. Park City Medical Center
  50. St. Mark’s Hospital




My Special Nursing Moment 2015 Winner!

by Carmela Nazareno on May 19, 2015


Year two of Soliant’s My Special Nursing Moment Contest is in the books! What an honor it is to hear heartwarming stories about care from the ultimate caregivers themselves: nurses! This year, we were especially moved by the more than thirty moments we received, each bringing us to that point in time, where a special bond was made,  where special words were spoken, or where a special silence was shared between nurse and patient.

Congratulations to Kim Stafford, RN for her winning Special Moment of 2015. Read it below:heartwarming-nurse-story

“When I worked as an ADON in long term care, I made some great friends — not just my co-workers but my residents and their families. One particular woman who made my day every day with her smile and her perfectly coordinated outfits was such a friend. She knew all about the comings and goings of the facility, asked about your children, and loved them to come visit. She was a sweet soul with a ton of spunk at her age of over 90. She walked the halls every day and always said hello to everyone. One particularly sad day, she suddenly fell ill. And when I say suddenly, I mean RAPIDLY. We later came to figure out she had an abdominal aortic aneurysm that dissected. I was called to the unit to assess her and knew right away her time was short. I had helped her complete her advanced directive some months before so I knew that if this happened, she didn’t want to go to a hospital and wanted to remain in her room with comfort measures. When I entered the room all she could say was ‘Kim. Sick. Dying. Don’t go.’ And I honored that wish. We were able to get emergency orders for meds for comfort and I never left her side. I held her in my lap while she left us, and I know that I provided her with exactly what we discussed those months ago. She left us with dignity without pain and with the comfort of her nurse, her friend with her the whole way. After she was gone we all cried for a long, long time. She left a big void when she passed, but she always taught us, “Chin up buttercup, it always gets better,” and it did. But I think to this point in my career despite the patients I have successfully coded, the lives I have helped save in the ER since then, I still call this day and this experience my best day as a nurse.”

Thank you, nurses, for sharing your special moments with us. It may only take a few words to express your passions, but what you shared with us spoke volumes of why you chose this path. We are so glad you did!

Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!