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Fifteen Nurses Provide Residents with Care and Compassion

The Gardens at DePugh celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2014, honoring its 15 nurses with gifts, meals and educational activities.

This year’s theme was “Nurses Leading the Way.”

Administrator Tonya Oliver teamed with Director of Nursing Ruth Ames to spotlight the many contributions nurses make to residents’ physical health and emotional well-being.

“At The Gardens,” Ames said, “we pride ourselves in the high level of dedication and friendliness shown by our nurses. They care about our residents and work hard to make our community a place of safety, warmth and love.”

“Our nurses are compassionate, patient and caring,” Oliver added. ”They help us provide an intimate environment that truly supports each resident’s needs.”

As the only skilled nursing center in the 32789 zip code, The Gardens has received a four-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The facility currently has a ratio of 1 nurse to every 2.5 residents.

In the U.S., National Nurses Week was originally celebrated in 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s war-time relief efforts in Crimea. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. Each year, National Nurses Week concludes on her birthday.