Milford Memorial Hospital recently announced the winners of its top employee and top nurse of the year awards.

Milford Memorial Hospital recently announced the winners of its top employee and top nurse of the year awards.

Kim Campbell was named the 2011 Employee of the Year at Bayhealth’s Milford Memorial Hospital, while Pamela James was named the hospital’s 2012 Nurse of the Year.

Campbell, who has worked at Milford Memorial since 2000, said she was shocked and honored by her award.

“There are so many nurses and people in the hospital who inspire me every day,” said Campbell, who has worked in Milford Memorial’s Peri-Anesthesia Care Unit since 2010. “I just hope to be an inspiration to others.”

Heidi Moore, the day surgery nurse manager at Milford Memorial, said Campbell takes special pride in mentoring and teaching new nurses in various departments and encouraging her peers to become more involved in Bayhealth initiatives and the nursing profession.

“She stays late regularly to assist with her colleagues’ needs, floating to other departments when asked [including] to the Peri-Anestheisa Care Unit at Kent General Hospital,” Moore said. “For Kim, it’s very much a labor of love.”

Campbell also serves as co-chair of the Bayhealth Nursing Education Council, was instrumental in developing the Nursing Educational Needs Survey and helped to develop Technology Day for the nursing staff at Milford Memorial, hospital officials said.

“The best part of being a nurse is the feeling you get at the end of the day when you know that you were able to help others,” Campbell said.

Meanwhile, Pamela James has been named Milford Memorial’s 2012 Nurse of the Year.

“I’m really surprised and humbled to received such a distinguished award,” James said. “I couldn’t believe my peers felt that way [about me].”

Under James’ leadership as clinical coordinator, the 3-East Medical Surgical Unit has achieved total compliance with core measures on clinical quality, while patient satisfaction scores have climbed steadily, hospital officials said.

“Pam deserves [Nurse of the Year] for many reasons, including her commitment to our patients and their outcomes,” said Dianne Varanko, the nurse manager for the 3-East/3-South Medical-Surgical Unit. “As a certified medical-surgical nurse, Pam has been able to lead her unit in dealing with a medically-complex patient population.”

James also has led her unit in the implementation of the new Patient Call Manager system, which ensures all patients are contacted within 48 hours of their discharge to make sure they are receiving follow-up care.

“It’s my goal to get all my peers and colleagues to buy into a high standard of excellence, so we can give the highest quality of care to our patients,” James said. “I love my job and it’s so rewarding to be able to see the patients return to an optimum state of health.”

James earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilmington University before joining the staff at Milford Memorial Hospital in 1988. She is active in the American Nursing Association.