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Vidant Beaufort names Juanita Jackson Award winner

Vidant Beaufort Hospital was honored to recognize Pam Everette as the recipient of the 2018 Juanita Jackson Award for Nursing Excellence. The award is given to a nurse who exemplifies excellence in their work throughout the year. The award was presented to Pam by Vice President of Patient Care Services Patti Hudson.

“Pam is an excellent nurse, and I am so proud and honored to present this award to her this year. Having Ms. Jackson attend the ceremony is extremely special, and we all are honored to have followed in her footsteps as nurses here at Vidant Beaufort,” Hudson said.

Everette was born and raised in Washington and graduated from Beaufort County Community College in 2005. She began her career at Vidant Medical Center, then joined Vidant Beaufort in 2014 as the assistant nurse manager for the Intensive Care Unit. Everette is a wife and mother of 4-year old triplets. While, needless to say, she has her hands full at all times, she is always compassionate and hardworking. Her peers describe her as dedicated and patient-centered.

Everette’s nomination read, “She is a professional multitasker. She never makes excuses or grumbles when she feels stressed, she simply gets it done. Because of Pam, I have learned that sometimes all it takes is a slow deep breath in and a smile to get the most complicated tasks complete. Pam has taught me more about being a nurse than I can ever explain in words.”

The Juanita Jackson Award for Nursing Excellence was first presented to Juanita Jackson in 1991 as the namesake of the award to acknowledge her leadership, caring and positive attitude, and compassion for those that she cared for during her career at Beaufort County Hospital. Jackson began her nursing career in 1948 at the Tayloe Hospital in Washington and was one of the original nurses who helped to transfer the patients from Tayloe Hospital to Beaufort County Hospital when it opened in 1958. Jackson, who was much respected and dearly loved by those she worked with, spent her entire career at BCH as an evening nursing supervisor.

Jackson and her family, along with friend and fellow nurse Mildred Buckman Spivey, were able to attend and be a part of the ceremony, which made it extra special. After the ceremony, Jackson and Spivey were taken on a tour of the hospital. It was a very special day for everyone involved.

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,447-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.