Kathleen “KC” Morrione, RN, has been named 2014 Employee of the Year for Chestnut Hill Hospital. The recognition is the highest honor a hospital employee can receive.
Employees are nominated for the award by their colleagues, based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job. Morrione was chosen from among a dozen employees for the recognition.
“Each employee plays an important role in delivering quality care and creating the best possible experience for our patients,” said Dr. John Cacciamani, chief executive officer. “Morrione exemplifies the best of who we are as healthcare providers through her dedication to our patients and the hospital. It is a pleasure to recognize her and celebrate the hard work of all our employees.”
Morrione has worked at Chestnut Hill Hospital since 1986. She began her career as a medical/surgical nurse and later moved to the Cardiac Telemetry Unit (CTU). In 2010, she became the clinical coordinator of the CTU.
In 2013, she left bedside nursing to take on a new role as Nursing Informatics Liaison. This role was developed to assist nursing staff in the transition to electronic clinical documentation. In 2014, the hospital made the complete transition to electronic documentation for all departments. Morrione is now functioning as the hospital’s Clinical Informaticist, assisting all areas with the transition to electronic documentation.
“I have spent my entire nursing career here at Chestnut Hill, almost 30 years,” Morrione said. “This is my other family. As a profession, nursing has given me so much satisfaction. In what other profession can you meet someone for the first time (your patient), quickly develop an intimate relationship, and know that your actions will make a difference in their lives. Nursing truly is a privilege.”