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Grant Medical Center Nurse Paula Kobelt Receives National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award®

COLUMBUS, Ohio – OhioHealth Grant Medical Center is proud to announce that clinical outcomes manager Paula Kobelt, MSN, RN-BC, has been selected as the 2014 National Magnet Nurse of the Year in the New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements category. This is the second year in a row that an OhioHealth nurse has won this award.

Kobelt is one of only five recipients across the nation. She received the award Oct. 9 at the 2014 National Magnet Nursing Conference in Dallas, Texas. 

Kobelt was selected for her passion in improving patient safety and outcomes through her groundbreaking research. Her recently published study has improved the way that patients are assessed and pain is managed when they come out of surgery. Her work has led to changes in the American Society of Nursing, as they’ve adopted recommendations to assess sedation based on Paula’s research. The study, entitled, “Implementation of a Standardized Approach to Assessment of Opioid-Induced Sedation in the Post-anesthesia Care Unit,” was published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing in October 2014.

“Paula is a perfect example of nurses leading the way to new knowledge and innovation that impacts the care of patients across the world,” said Cheryl Gee MSN, RN-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care at Grant. “Paula does not hesitate to pursue any safety initiative that she believes could improve pain management. Not only does she make sure that her entire team is aware of possible strategies, but she is willing to pursue any necessary avenue to implementation. Throughout it all, she is committed to improve the patient experience. She is an internal and national expert.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Nurse of the Year award program recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation,

leadership and professional risk taking. Awards are presented in each of the five Magnet Model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. Consumers rely on the Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Grant has been recognized as a Magnet Hospital since 2005.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for eight years in a row, 2007-2014.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 member hospitals, 25+  health and surgery centers, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth member hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

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