(L to R) Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Senior Director of Nursing Sandie Taggart, Katherine Hollenbeck, Lisa Woodworth, Marguerite Parker, Mona Brown, Dorothy Snider-Peters and Cherokee Nation Sec. of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. Not pictured, Sheryl Young.
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation has six nurses named as winners of the Great100 Nurses of Oklahoma.
The national Great 100 Nurses Foundation honors standout nurses for their contributions to health care. The state of Oklahoma participated in the celebration for the first time this year.
A dinner was held Tuesday for the recipients at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The honorees were selected based on their contribution to the nursing profession and for serving as role models after being nominated by patients, peers, administrators or their community.
“The Cherokee Nation has the largest tribally operated health care system in the country and wouldn’t be where it is today without our many great nurses,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who spoke at the event and is the son of a nurse.
“We’re so proud of these six receiving this award, and all of our nurses who are dutifully in our health centers and hospital each and every day making sure that our Cherokee people get the best care possible. Having our health means everything.”
The six Cherokee Nation recipients of the Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma include the following:
Mona Brown, W.W. Hastings Hospital; Katherine Hollenbeck, Sam Hider Jay Health Center; Marguerite Parker, W.W. Hastings Hospital; Dorothy Snider-Peters, Cherokee Nation Home Health; Lisa Woodworth, Muskogee Three-Rivers Health Center; and Sheryl Young, public health community nurse.
“It’s an honor to get this award since I’m just doing what I love to do,” said Mona Brown, who is a nurse in outpatient surgery at W.W. Hastings Hospital and started her nursing career in 1991. “Really, every one of our nurses at Cherokee Nation deserves this award.”