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Published on September 07, 2011

Washington Adventist Hospital Cardiac Nurse Wins National Nursing Recognition Award

The Sydney and Helen Shuman Nurse Recognition Award Shows Appreciation to Nurses Who Make a Positive Difference in Their Care and Presence

Takoma Park, MDWashington Adventist Hospital is proud to announce that Alena B. Agatep, RN, BSN, CCRN, was one of two nurses chosen nationally to win The Sydney and Helen Shuman Nurse Recognition Award given through The Mended Hearts, Inc.

L-R: Maria Jurlano, Director of CVICU, Neal Gregory, President of the National Capital Area chapter of The Mended Hearts, Inc., Dr. Piotr Wyrwinski, Intensivist, Alena Agatep, RN, BSN, CCRN, Daniel Dollarhide, Mended Hearts Inc., Amy Dukovcic, Coordinator Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner Service, Dr. Randall Wagner, Intensivist.

Mended Hearts recognizes the dedication and heartfelt support that nurses offer to heart patients during treatment and the recovery process. The Sydney and Helen Shuman Nurse Recognition Award was established to show appreciation to nurses who make a positive difference by their skill, care and presence. Agatep, a nurse on the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Washington Adventist Hospital, was nominated for the award through Mended Hearts National Capital Area chapter.

“Alena is compassionate, caring and a wonderful communicator, always making sure the patient and family are aware of the plan and involving them in the care,” said Maria Jurlano, Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Washington Adventist Hospital.
Agatep started as a young nurse in the Philippines and continued nursing when she moved to the United States. Agatep has worked at Washington Adventist Hospital for more than 15 years, and oversees the daily staffing and management of care of open heart patients on the night shift.

“Alena embodies the values and mission of Washington Adventist Hospital, and we are so grateful to have her on our team providing exceptional care to our cardiac patients,” said Joyce Portela, President of Washington Adventist Hospital.

“Everyone from the patients, to their families, to the surgeons recognizes Alena’s great skills as an open heart nurse,” said Neal Gregory, President of the National Capital Area chapter of The Mended Hearts, Inc. “She is zealous in her care of patients, always looking to do what is best, and right, for them.”

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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