Vermillion nurse receives award

Vermillion nurse receives award Amy Thiesse, RN, director of long term care nursing at Vermillion Medical Center in Vermillion, was recently selected by her peers as the 2003 Long Term Care (LTC) Sioux Valley Regional Health Services Peer of the Year.

This is the second year in a row that her peers have recognized Thiesse.

The award, given annually, recognize nursing professionals who exemplify outstanding nursing skills and knowledge and who serve as excellent leaders in their field and mentors among peers.

"It doesn't surprise me that Amy was chosen again by her peers," said Linda Bunkers, RN, vice president of patient services at Sioux Valley Regional Health Services. "Amy is not only an excellent caregiver and manager of care, but she shares her knowledge and skills willingly and works diligently in planning health related educational events for Sioux Valley long term care providers."

Thiesse has been director of long term care nursing at Vermillion Medical Center since July 2000. Prior to that she was director of nursing at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.

Thiesse received her nursing degree from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA. She and her husband, Dave, have one daughter. They make their home in Vermillion.

According to Ed Weiland, president of Sioux Valley Regional Health Services, Thiesse's work is highly respected throughout the Sioux Valley

organization.

"It's the sharing of skills and information along with professionalism that ultimately helps Sioux Valley Long Term Care centers provide quality long term healthcare," he said.

Barb Severson, RN, director of long term care at Fellowship VIllage in Inwood, IA, also was recognized.

Awards were presented recently to Thiesse and Severson at the annual Long Term Care Luncheon hosted by Sioux Valley Regional health Services in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center is a member of Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System.

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