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DeKalb Medical Nurse Clinician Rose McKeever Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

November 19, 2014

DECATUR – DeKalb Medical Nurse Clinician Rose McKeever, LPN, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Annual Meeting on Nov. 13. McKeever, who was one of only 10 individuals to receive the award, was recognized for her work with breast cancer patients.

McKeever has been employed as a nurse at DeKalb Medical since 1978 and currently serves as a breast nurse navigator for the cancer support team on DeKalb Medical’s North Decatur campus. Over the years, she has given countless hours to cancer support groups and is the facilitator of the breast cancer support group that has met every week since 1990.

McKeever’s support also extends to the children and grandchildren of cancer patients. In 1993, she established the Tree House Gang, a support group that helps children comprehend what their loved ones are going through and provides them with an outlet to express their feelings and deal with their grief. McKeever plans activities throughout the year and has built relationships with sponsors to help fund the events. She also oversees an annual card fundraiser for the Tree House Gang. Each member designs a card with a theme of their choosing and the cards are then reproduced and sold throughout the hospital. Some of the cards are made specifically for patients in the hospital. These activities are completely voluntary, and often make for a long work day, but McKeever never complains.

McKeever is also always willing to dedicate her time wherever she can in the hospital. DeKalb Medical’s cancer center director recently lost a long battle with cancer. During her treatment, McKeever provided her with personal support, even traveling to her home to comfort her.

“Cancer patients and their children would not have the support they do without Rose McKeever,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “She is continually providing help and support where she can and is an inspiration to all of us. She is a most-deserving recipient of this award.”

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About DeKalb Medical

Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012, and earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center received the Outstanding Achievement Award and is granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program. Our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org

About GHA

Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.

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