Good Samaritan Employee Receives National Award

Ever since she was a teenager volunteering at the hospital, Miranda Newberry, Good Samaritan Trauma Nurse Coordinator, has always gone out of her way to help others. She recently was able to help victims of car accidents on two separate occasions. The first was on April 13, 2017 when Miranda came upon a crash on Highway 41 near Oaktown, Indiana. She provided critical aid to a patient that had been ejected from the vehicle. Because of her years of training and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, Miranda was able to stabilize the patient so they could be transported to the hospital. After this incident, she contacted INDOT and, through her persistence and determination, learned that they completed a study on the area and were going to improve the dangerous intersection.

Trauma nurse Miranda holding her award.On June 15, 2017, Miranda unfortunately came upon another accident on Highway 61 where a vehicle had rolled. Not knowing what she would come across as she approached the vehicle, Miranda was relieved to find the teenage driver and her little sister awake, alert, and wearing their seat belts.

Miranda is committed to the safety of her community and works effortlessly to provide injury prevention education, especially the importance of wearing seat belts. When she is not in the hospital, she is working to improve Good Samaritan’s trauma care and other ways to educate and prevent injuries including teaching “Stop the Bleed”, “Matter of Balance”, and providing car seat education and installation. Without recognition or validation, she quietly works every day improving the care of the trauma team and making a difference in our community.

Because of her commitment to patient safety, Miranda was recently named the recipient of the 2018 Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Barbara A. Foley for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award for her quick response in the face of an emergency and dedication to patient safety. The Barbara A. Foley Award is a national award that recognizes a nurse who has developed, implemented or advocated for quality, safety and/or injury prevention initiatives that have resulted in improved outcomes in the emergency care setting or at the local, state or national level.

“I am so proud of Miranda and her tireless effort in working with injury prevention,” said Vicki Potts, Director of Acute Care. “Her sole focus is providing the best care for every patient, every time.”

“I am very honored to be receiving the Barbara Foley Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention Award,” stated Newberry. “I have been involved in the Emergency Nurses Association for many years and it is very exciting to be receiving this award. It would not have been possible without the help of the Trauma and ER team! I proudly look forward to representing Good Samaritan and Indiana at the ENA National Conference.”

Miranda’s recent work also earned her other awards including: Good Samaritan’s Shining Star Award, given to employees who go above and beyond what is expected in their normal job duties; the Good Samaritan Award, a special honor awarded to a Shining Star recipient chosen out the year’s 12 winners; and the Indiana State Quality and Safety Award.

She will be presented her award at the ENA National Conference this September in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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