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Lisa K. Davis Named Nurse of Distinction

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From left, Tammara LC Hodges, director of imaging services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA; Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA; Lisa K. Davis, recipient Nurse of Distinction Award; Terra Caruso, RN, bariatric coordinator, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Bariatric Center; Emelia Harley, MSN, director of nursing, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.


JAMESTOWN, NY, May 14, 2018—UPMC Chautauqua WCA is pleased to announce Lisa K. Davis, RN, clinician fellow, cardiac catheterization lab, was named 2018 Nurse of Distinction during a special breakfast held in celebration of National Nurses Week.

Nominated by her peers and selected by a committee of past recipients, the prominent tradition began in 1989 when Elaine Hoglin was selected the inaugural Nurse of Distinction.  The hospital awards the merit to an outstanding registered nurse who exemplifies the mission and vision of the hospital; UPMC values; displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for health care and the nursing profession; and involved in his or her community. 

“We have a long tradition of distinguished nurses that provide world-class care and I feel very lucky when I look around this room because I believe everyone deserves this honor,” said Emelia Harley, MSN, director of nursing, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, who reflected on her personal nursing journey across the span of more than 30 years. “My passion for nursing comes directly from my desire to help others in need. So much has changed in health care and our nursing teams have really taking ownership to provide quality evidenced care to our patients. I am so proud of Lisa, this year’s recipient, and our hospital’s entire nursing and ancillary teams who care so deeply about our mission.”

Nomination remarks on behalf of Davis stated she brings knowledge, experience, and compassion to her job every single day.  “Lisa was a critical care team member in the development of our state-of-the-art Cath Lab,” said Terra Caruso, RN, bariatric coordinator, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. 

“This required considerable dedication and extra work outside her normal work day.  Her devotion to excellence alongside her warm and caring spirit is so evident in everything that Lisa does.  Recently, my son was diagnosed with a heart block and required a pacemaker.  He has a long and complicated medical history and to state that he was anxious and overwhelmed would be an understatement.  Lisa answered every question and managed his anxiety with such kindness and understanding.  I will never forget her exceptional and outward courtesy toward my son, our family, and what she did for us on this high worrisome day.  She is a marvelous role model in every aspect of cardiac nursing.  She lends her leadership talents to coach her staff and guides the cardiac cath team with her hands-on involvement in patient care.  Today is a special chance for me to extend my family’s special gratitude to Lisa.”

Passionately involved in her community, Davis leads the youth group at Zion Lutheran Church, team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and a committee member for the annual Strike-Out Heart Disease Bowl-A-Thon.

Davis is a graduate of the nursing program at Jamestown Community College, in May of 1987. She accepted a position as a graduate nurse at UPMC Chautauqua WCA in June of 1987.

Davis resides in Jamestown, New York, with husband, Jerome.  She has two grown children, Chelsea and Haley.

Honorable mention was given to 14 nurses nominated for the 2018 Nurse of Distinction honor including, Tracia Bailey, Casey Brown, Yvonne Chriscaden, Lexia Dennison, Patricia Denzel, Deborah Johnson, Mark Gens, Bethany Jackson, Amy Lobb, Jessica Prior, Rhonda LaMancuso, Amy Ruth, Bonnie Steward, and Lindsey Uhl.

Previous Nurse of Distinction recipients include, Elaine Hoglin, Julie Anderson, Mary Sue Pawlak, Michelle Benson, Carol Nelson, Kathleen Cayer, Sue Crytzer, Toni DeAngelo, Ruth Yancey-Walton, Joann Nelson, Joyce Devine, Sandra Gilebarto, Ralph Hamby, Karen Beck, Wendy Beckerink, Charity Carris, Donna Bryant, Jennifer Zabala, Mindy Moore, Erica Alekson, Michele Deuble, Diane Rickard, Debra Swanson, Patricia McKinney, Brenda Fitzgerald, and Mark Gens.

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