Monroe Community Hospital (MCH) Director of Nursing Kristen Schulmerich this week accepted the 15th National McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Care and Supportive Nursing. LeadingAge, an association representing non-profit, mission-oriented and
public long-term care providers, presented the award to Schulmerich at their annual meeting and EXPO, in Atlanta, GA. Schulmerich has been cited for her creative approaches to improving recruitment and retention at MCH in the face of workforce challenges related to COVID. Local
elected officials and community leaders echo national recognition.
âKristen sincerely believes that the housekeeper can be quite the caregiver as a health care provider, and COVID has proven that to be true,â said Congressman Joseph D. Morelle. âWhen staffing levels were declining and residents were isolated from family members, MCH residents were comforted by the daily interactions they had with each member of the team. The relationships Kristen has built over nearly three decades of exemplary healthcare service have been leveraged, as she called on everyone to step in and step up, to provide assistance in a way which would never have been possible without his leadership. We are proud of her and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!
âThe dedication, compassion and exemplary leadership of Director of Nursing Kristen Schulmerich is a role model for nurses and healthcare professionals around the world,â said Adam Bello, Director of Monroe County. âEspecially during the difficult days of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff and residents at Monroe Community Hospital have relied on her for her expertise, empathy, guidance and professionalism. She is an asset for our hospital and for our community at large. It is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations Kristen.
âMCH residents are cared for by the best and the brightest in the business,â said executive director of health, Alyssa Tallo, chief of the MCH. âKristen exemplifies the first-rate service you receive when you come to The Children’s. She genuinely cares about every resident and makes sure that
they receive the best possible care. It makes the MCH a pleasant and warm environment in which to live and work. We are best for their efforts, and we are grateful and delighted to be able to recognize such a deserving team member. “
Kristen became director of nursing at the height of the COVID pandemic. Under his leadership, the MCH recorded one of the lowest infection rates per 1,000 patient days and achieved over 95% vaccination rates among its residents and staff.
âKristen is well regarded by all,â said Common Ground CEO Wade Norwood. âHer advocacy and contribution have helped create career-level positions at The Children’s, which have been absolutely critical in helping them attract and retain new talent throughout the staff shortages that plague healthcare. health, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This latest LeadingAge honor only underscores what we already knew: MCH is one of the best in the industry working on its team, and Kristen is one of them! Kudos to both the establishment and Kristen.
âKristen is the epitome of growth, determination and leadership in the nursing profession,â said Steve Healy, Western Region president of the Public Service Employees Association. âShe began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and has become a transformational nursing leader for the MCH and our entire community, during her three decades of exemplary service. We salute her for continuing her good work and congratulate her on this wonderful recognition! “
MCH is the sixteenth largest independent specialty nursing facility in the United States and the largest in western New York State, operating 566 specialized nursing beds.