Navicent Nurse Named State Hospital Hero

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The Medical Center, Navicent Health’s Sheryl Adams, RN, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s annual Hospital Hero Awards luncheon Nov. 9 in Atlanta. Adams, who was one of only nine individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her longtime dedication to the hospital and particularly good care of patients.
In her role as a clinical nurse lead for renal unit of the hospital, Adams is an experienced clinician who is known by colleagues for her skills in working with challenging patients and families. She does so with the utmost kindness and respect and is very intuitive, identifying and preventing issues before they occur.
One of those challenging patients was proving to be difficult for many staff members, but Adams stepped in to offer the best care she could. The patient was an elderly man with a developmental disability, who could be very stubborn and trying at times. He would frequently skip his dialysis treatments, which led to frequent hospitalizations on Adams’ unit. She dedicated her time to becoming more than a nurse, but also a friend to him. She went out of her way to make him feel special, frequently bringing him small gifts to brighten his day and even coming in on her off days to keep him company. For Adams, caring for this patient was not just about treating his illness; it was also about holistically treating his emotional well-being.
Community residents, not just patients, also frequently benefit from Adams’ generosity. One day, when she saw an elderly man walking unsteadily on the side of the road, she pulled over, gently began a conversation, and learned he had no family. Over the next few weeks, she “adopted” this man, grocery shopping with him, driving him to medical appointments, and inviting him to family dinners. Her involvement helped him enjoy many more months in the community before home care was necessary.
“The extra care that Sheryl Adams provides to her patients makes a tremendous difference in patient recovery,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “Her community and patients have benefited greatly from her generosity and she is a most-deserving recipient of this award.”