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Ohio Hospital Association Names Atrium Medical Center’s Sheree Young, RNC, Health Care Worker of the Year

Young Chosen from 76 Nominees Statewide

Middletown, OH, June 15, 2011: Sheree Young, RNC, perinatal bereavement program coordinator at Atrium Medical Center, has been named winner of the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association. She was selected from 76 nominees statewide.

“We’re so proud that Sheree Young’s compassionate, groundbreaking work with the Help Endure a Loss (HEAL) Program is being recognized by her peers across Ohio. As she supports families who suffer a stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death, Sheree personifies Atrium’s commitment to putting patients first in everything we do,” says Carol J. Turner, Atrium president and CEO.

Every Ohio hospital was invited to nominate one person for this prestigious award, created in 1996, to honor a hospital employee who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty, gives back to the community and has overcome odds to succeed. The winner and finalists were named at the Ohio Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Columbus on June 14.

At Atrium in 1998, Young developed HEAL, a perinatal loss support program to ensure that families received integrated, compassionate care following the loss of an infant. Since then, HEAL has cared for more than 1,200 families with counseling, planning for a burial or cremation, paperwork, photos, mementoes, a support group and four annual events.

To reach as many grieving families as possible, Young has trained more than 750 professionals to provide HEAL services. To prevent the agony of loss, she works with Atrium’s preterm labor prevention clinic, which is successfully helping mothers carry to term. Young also helps with a safe sleep/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome initiative.

When community funding doesn’t cover HEAL programs, Young supplements with personal funds. She consistently donates time beyond her paid 24 hours a week, including attending nearly every funeral service and using her own sewing machine to personalize memorial baby quilts. Young has changed how hospitals, funeral homes, cemeteries and the community care for bereaved families’ unique needs.

Learn more about HEAL.