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Gladding receives Juanita Jackson Award

Vidant Beaufort Hospital recently recognized Leysi Gladding as the recipient of the 2021 Juanita Jackson Award for Nursing Excellence. The award is given annually to a deserving nurse who exemplifies the many excellent qualities that Jackson displayed throughout her career.  Vice President of Patient Care Services Dennis Campbell presented the award to Leysi as she was surrounded by her family, coworkers, friends and even her out of state family via Zoom.

Leysi has spent her entire 24-year career at Vidant Beaufort having worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient and now occupational health.  For the past five years, Leysi’s nursing practice has been focused on the health and wellbeing of our team members as our occupational health nurse. Her excellent work during this past year of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven her true commitment and compassion for our Vidant Beaufort family.

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.