The Bottom Line
Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mariners honors nurses

Mariners Hospital celebrated National Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by recognizing its nurses who have received national board certification in their specialty.

Specialty nursing certification signifies the highest standard for quality nursing care, and the following nurses at Mariners Hospital have received national certification:

JoAnn Aromandi, Debra Blaida, Sue Childress, Cheryl Cottrell, Sharon Detweiler, Scooter Fismer, Jacqueline Gavin, Clair Hefner, Christine Helms, Jessica Henry, Terry Leo, Karen Lyn, Joy Morrow, Debbie O'Cathey, Maria Ojeda, Lori Sagona , Rosie Sanchez, Jean Santaguida, Cheryl Signor, Dawn Stavor, Rhoda Sykes, Nancy Vihlen, Molly Vlach, Carol Welsh, Mary Wilson and Theresa Worden.

"As healthcare becomes more complex, it is important to assure our patients that the nursing professionals who care for them at Mariners Hospital have the advanced knowledge, skill and experience required in today's healthcare environment," said Cheryl Cottrell, chief nursing officer at Mariners. "A registered nurse license allows nurses to practice. Board certification should be considered a mark of excellence."

Bank promotes Laboy

First State Bank of the Florida Keys' Nicole Laboy was promoted to assistant branch operations manager for the Stock Island office.

Laboy started as a teller at the Big Pine Key office in 2005 and progressed to customer service representative in 2010. She was Employee of the Quarter in 2009 for her initiative, proficiency and attitude with fellow employees and customers.

"Nicole's promotion and expanded responsibilities reflect her leadership, dedication and commitment to our customers," said Brian Barroso, vice president and North Roosevelt Boulevard branch manager. "She consistently exceeds our high standards for outstanding customer service and we are proud to recognize her with this promotion."

Housing authority honors Cardenas

Bill Cardenas was recognized by the Key West Housing Authority as the first Employee of the Quarter for 2012. Cardenas was employed in October 2010 as a purchase agent and warehouse supervisor, and later was promoted to housing quality standards inspector. He has taken the initiative for additional career training, and is known to be a team player and eager to assist staff and clients, according to a press release from the housing authority.