News Release

Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on April 15, 2016

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center NICU Nurse a Finalist for Washingtonian “Excellence in Nursing” Award

Rockville, MD – Tracie Rolle, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, is a finalist for Washingtonian Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award, which recognizes nurses in our community who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Tracie has been a NICU nurse for 30 years, and has served babies and parents in Shady Grove Medical Center’s Level III-B NICU for the last 18 years. She provides care for the hospital’s tiniest patients – premature babies, multiples or newborns with special needs.

Tracie is one of three finalists in the magazine’s Mothers and Children category. She was nominated by her sister, Moira McCarthy, who says she was inspired to pursue a nursing career after watching Tracie’s dedication to and compassionate care for her patients.

From her nomination form, Moira had this to say about her older sister: “She is not only an amazing nurse, but she is also a mother, a counselor, a friend, a calming presence, a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, a tree to lean on, a pair of seasoned, skilled and trusted hands that takes care of and loves your most prized possession...your child.”

Parents of children that had to spend time in the Shady Grove NICU also submitted thoughts for the nomination and shared the admiration for the work that Tracie does. Lisa Manfreda from Kensington, MD, whose daughter, Annie, spent her first days in the Shady Grove NICU said, “She's incredible and made a horrible experience SO much easier. We will never forget her.”

Tracie is the only nurse from a Montgomery County hospital to make the list in the Mother and Children category. The magazine will host a celebration for the finalists on May 4 in Washington, D.C., and announce the winners in each category.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s Level III-B NICU is one of the most comprehensive in the region. If a newborn needs critical care, Shady Grove Medical Center’s NICU offers continuous ventilator support and life-saving equipment designed especially for infants. The team at Shady Grove includes neonatologists, doctors who specialize in newborn care, and neonatal nurses, all of whom are trained to care for the most complex medical situations. The NICU is one component of Shady Grove’s Birth Center, which delivers approximately 5,000 babies each year.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 290-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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