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2020 Nurses of the Year

The Medical Center at Bowling Green

The Medical Center at Bowling Green Nurse of the Year and finalists were chosen from our DAISY Award winners. Each of these nurses have shown extraordinary compassion and professionalism while caring for their patients.

Nurse of the Year

Jordan Keen, RN – ICU

Jordan Keen, RN, is The Medical Center at Bowling Green’s Nurse of the Year for 2020.

Jordan was nominated for the DAISY Award by Sandra Rodriguez, whose son John P. Rosado Jr. sadly passed away after an asthma attack. Med Center Health was deeply honored to assist John’s wishes as an organ donor, and Jordan was with the family every step of the way.

“While each member of the staff took John’s condition to heart,” Sandra wrote in her nomination letter, “and went above and beyond their line of duty, one nurse in particular stood out among the rest, Jordan Keen….At such an overwhelming and difficult time, it was extremely important to have someone trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable, caring and compassionate taking care of my son. Jordan welcomed all our questions and explained everything in a manner in which we could understand. From that moment I knew my prayers were answered.”

“Jordan is a model for compassionate nursing care. He was able to go above and beyond to make a lasting impression on this family.” says Jill Payne, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Med Center Health. “We are proud of the effort he takes to embed our mission into the care he delivers every day.”

The Medical Center at Bowling Green Nurse of the Year Finalists

Angela Cook, RN – Labor & Delivery

Angela was nominated for the DAISY Award by a new mother in delivery, who wrote, “Angela could tell I was scared, so she literally held me while I cried on her shoulder. She coached me, she encouraged me, she made me laugh. She told me everything that was happening, she told me I was beautiful and she loved on me. She is the reason, the only reason (other than God), that we had the amazing experience we did. We love Angela! She is now part of the family!”

“Angela is an excellent nurse,” said Caitlin Burklow, Director of Women and Newborn Services. “She forms a bond with her patients and works hard to make their birth story a special one. She always rolls with changes without complaint and is recognized as a leader among her teammates. We are proud that she is representing Labor & Delivery and the OB Division as a Nurse of the Year finalist.”

Ashley Kirk, RN – Cardiac Cath Lab

Ashley Kirk, BSN, RN, has been with Med Center Health for 11 years and serves in the Cardiac Cath Lab at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. She was nominated by the family member of a patient who underwent a Cardiac Loop Recorder procedure. “…[Ashley] is deserving of the DAISY Award for professionalism, safety, compassion and genuine regard toward a patient’s dignity, demeanor, and nervousness at such a time….I can say without pause that our nurse at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, treated my mother with respect and dignity….Our nurse made us feel that [my mother] was a person having a medical procedure that mattered. If nothing else, The Medical Center at Bowling Green….keep this one!”

“Ashley Kirk consistently displays professionalism, safety, compassion, and genuine regard toward patients and their family’s needs,” said Brandy Villarreal, Director of Cardiac Services. “She ensures each patient knows that no matter what procedure they are having, they matter to her and everyone at The Medical Center.”

Beth Williams, RN – Pre-Admission Testing

Beth was nominated for the DAISY Award by Lori Riffle, whose father had open heart surgery at The Medical Center. “Beth was so comforting and knew all the right things to say to keep his mind at ease,” Lori wrote in her nomination letter. “She was not only very thorough with the medical questions, if there was any question she called the other provider’s office to ensure that his medical record was up-to-date. This made Daddy feel like he was in good hands at The Medical Center. So many with heart problems feel like they need to be in Nashville for care, but Beth was the start of letting us know we had made the right decision by choosing The Medical Center for his care.”

“We are very proud of Beth and the outstanding service she provides to our patients every day,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer for Med Center Health. “She embodies the compassion and dedication that are hallmarks of the nursing profession.”

The Medical Center at Caverna

Nurse of the Year

Linda Meredith, LPN

Linda Meredith, LPN, was chosen as The Medical Center at Caverna’s Nurse of the Year for 2020. Linda has been an integral part of night shift at Caverna. She was selected for her dedication and compassion shown to her patients. Linda is very dependable and will readily drop whatever she is doing to come in and help out anytime she is needed.


Ancillary Staff of the Year

Amanda Key, CNA

Amanda Key is The Medical Center at Caverna’s 2020 Ancillary Staff of the Year. Amanda serves as a CNA/US at Caverna. She always comes in with a smile on her face and even goes the extra mile for patients by cutting their hair upon request.

The Medical Center at Albany

Nurse of the Year

Lisa Smith, RN

Lisa Smith, RN, is The Medical Center at Albany’s 2020 Nurse of the Year. Lisa’s commitment to patient care is evident every shift she works. In addition to hands-on care in the Emergency Department, Lisa is always there with a smile and comforting words for MCA patients and their families to meet their needs and provide support during their illness. 

Community service:  Lisa is active in Relay for Life, Longest Day of Play, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Clinton County Fair, Community Baby Show, drives for family needs and supplies, Family Resource Center for Schools, Diabetic Corner for MCA, Community CPR, Gospel Christian Academy, Boo Fest.

Professional Development: Lisa participates in Professional Development Counsel for MCH Clinical Ladder.

Dedication to Profession and MCA:  Lisa has worked numerous extra shifts to provide nursing coverage, and she has also served as a preceptor for several students and new employees.

The Nurse of the Year and Clinical Support/Ancillary Staff of The Year for other Med Center Health hospitals will be announced soon!

Med Center Health Vaccine Clinic Update
The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are available at Medical Center Urgentcare located at 291 New Towne Drive in Bowling Green for those 12 and older. For those under 12, the vaccine is available at Med Center Health Primary Care Bowling Green.