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Banner Estrella Nurse Wins National Health Care Award


PHOENIX (Feb. 14, 2013) – A Banner Estrella Medical Center (BEMC) nurse, who helped organize and execute the hospital’s first – and one of Arizona’s largest-ever – bone marrow drives, has been awarded a national award for her extraordinary efforts to provide excellent patient care.

Korinne Ashlock, a Phoenix-area licensed practical nurse at BEMC, is a winner of the 10th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. The award was presented to Ashlock on Wednesday at the hospital. Ashlock is one of only five health care professionals across the country to be named an award-winner

The award recognizes the significant contribution of these professionals to today’s society, while reinforcing the vital role of these professions in keeping Americans healthy. From staging the largest bone marrow drive in the state to rushing to the scene of a fire after a long day of work, the winners were selected for going above and beyond their job descriptions to selflessly serve others in a way truly inspiring to their peers.

“We are very proud to honor Korinne and all of those serving in these critical, often life-saving, professions who combine dedication, intelligence, skill and compassion to benefit thousands of patients every day,” said Michael Singer, CEO of Cherokee Uniforms.

Ashlock, who works in the oncology unit of Banner, had a young, Hispanic patient with leukemia who was unable to find a bone marrow match among his family. Ashlock helped organize and execute the first bone marrow drive at the hospital, resulting in the largest turnout in the state for that year with more than 700 people, including many Hispanics, responding. As a result of the drive, her patient and seven others received a match and subsequent bone marrow transplants.

Ashlock also stayed with the young man throughout his transplant and rushed to his side from her vacation when he became ill, supporting him and his family during his final hours. Her connection to the young man and the impact he had on the bone marrow drive inspired her to form a team in his name and raise $12,000 for Light the Night, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s walk in 2010 and $8,000 in 2011. She did all of this while proving exemplary and passionate care for all of her patients and raising four children, including 3-year-old triplets.

“As an oncology nurse, I like my work because every day I have a chance to impact someone’s life during what is most likely the worst situation they will have to face,” Ashlock said. “Most of the patients I care forhave been taken hostage by a diagnosis of cancer and are in the fight of their lives. I get to walk alongside them during their battle and encourage them and share hope with them.”

 The 2012 winners of the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award were announced in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. More than 10,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated since the inception of the award. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients. The grand prize winner in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two, and all other winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2013 medical conference of their choice in the continental U.S. All winners will receive a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear, a value of $1,000; a crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy; a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin; a year’s subscription to Scrubs, the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.

About Banner Estrella Medical Center
Located on the southeast corner of the Loop 101 Freeway and Thomas Road, Banner Estrella Medical Center is a 214-bed full-service, non-profit hospital offering general surgery, orthopedics, women and infants services, a full cardiac program with open-heart surgery, emergency services, and medical imaging services. Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, the leading provider of health care services in Arizona and one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S.

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