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Top nurse for nearly 50 years joins Sterling hospital’s board

STERLING – Longtime nursing leader Mary Jean Derreberry, a 48-year employee of CGH Medical Center, has joined the city-owned hospital’s board of directors, CGH said in a news release Friday.

Mary Jean Derreberry

Mary Jean Derreberry (Submitted by CGH Medical Center/)

Derreberry has worked in the surgical, ambulatory care, obstetrics and home nursing departments. She was director of the surgical and pain clinic for 16 years, and now is director of nursing professional development and patient experience.

“Nursing is my passion, and I love everywhere I have worked at CGH,” Derreberry said in the release. “I love the family atmosphere and the culture. It has always been a dream of mine to help serve on the board of directors when I retired, and I am blessed that it is happening before that time.”

Derreberry plans to retire on her 50-year anniversary in 2023, the release said.

She was the recipient of the “2018 Distinguished Advocate for Nursing Award” from the Stateline Nurses Network and the “2018 Distinguished Alumni Award” from the University of Illinois Quad Cities campus.

Her accomplishments at CGH include becoming the first medication safety nurse, implementing the medication reconciliation form and process, and serving as project manager for several projects, including Exitcare discharge instructions, Vocera communication, Krames Video Patient Education, and iMed Consent.

She also is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Association for Nursing Professional Development; is on the leadership team and is treasurer for the Northern Illinois Pain Resource Nurse Consortium; and holds a medical-surgical Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Derreberry also serves on the Board of Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, and volunteers for the United Way’s Let’s Feed Our Children program.

She replaces Carolyn Spencer, who recently retired from the Board. The other board members are Chairman John Van Osdol, Vice Chairman Dr. Marcia Jones; Scott Wolber, Andy Moore , John Benson; Dr. Shawn Hanlon, Dr. Jeffrey LeMay, Dr. Thomas McGlone, Nancy Rasmussen and Heather Sotelo.

“We are so fortunate to have Mary Jean on the CGH board of directors,” CGH President an CEO Dr. Paul Steinke said in the release.

“Her career at CGH has spanned many decades, and she has built a solid reputation for her nursing excellence, remarkable kindness, and always putting the patient first.”

To view board agendas and minutes, go to cghmc.com, click on about us, then open meetings act.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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