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Adventist HealthCare Recognizes Spencerville Member, Nurse for Compassionate Care
Story by Cindy Glass
Judy Vandeman, a Spencerville church member and nurse at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., receives a plaque from Bill Robertson, Adventist HealthCare president and CEO, honoring her as WAH’s 2013 Compassionate Care Award winner.
Last week, during a special service, Adventist HealthCare (AHC) recognized Judy Vandeman, a registered nurse with the surgical services department at Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH), as the hospital’s 2013 Compassionate Care Award winner. Vandeman is a member at Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., where she attends with her husband, Rob Vandeman, who serves as executive secretary for the Columbia Union Conference.
Each year the award is given to recognize an AHC employee, volunteer or auxiliary member who integrates the organization’s mission—to “demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing”—into their work. Candidates for the award are nominated for the exceptional way they display compassion in ministering to patients, patients’ loved ones and their own colleagues. Awardees are chosen from each of AHC’s entities, which include Washington Adventist Hospital, based in Takoma Park, Md.; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Adventist Home Care Services; Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland; Adventist Behavioral Health and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. This year AHC leaders considered more than 120 nominees for the awards.
Vandeman, who has served WAH for nearly 30 years, received multiple nominations from her colleagues. One recognized how she gives every patient “VIP treatment” regardless of age or socioeconomic status. Another mentioned how Vandeman prays with patients who are especially nervous and how her “gentleness and soft voice bring a calming ease to patients during these situations.” Another nominator wrote, “I have worked at Washington Adventist for more than 40 years and have never met nor worked with a more compassionate, kind, gentle nurse than Judy.”
During a special service on May 16, Joyce Newmyer, WAH president, announced Vandeman as the hospital’s winner out of 20 nominees. On May 20, Robert G. “Bill” Robertson, AHC president and CEO, recognized all six entity winners in front of some 350 attendees of the organization’s annual mission conference.
“It is truly a blessing and a privilege to be able to work with so many compassionate caregivers, such as Judy, who demonstrates God’s care to everyone as we provide health and healing to our community,” says Ismael Gama, associate vice president of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care at Adventist HealthCare.
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