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LRMC nurse wins state award
Jan St. John commended for work with babies and families
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LRMC perinatal unit charge nurse Jan St. John stands between Georgia Hospital Association Chairman Chuck Orrick and association President Joseph Parker. - photo by Photo provided.
ATLANTA – Liberty Regional Medical Center perinatal unit charge nurse Jan St. John received the Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's annual Hospital Heroes Award luncheon last month in Atlanta.
St. John, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her dedication to her patients in the hospital as well as her volunteering in the community.
During her 19 years as a charge nurse, colleagues have said St. John found ways to enhance the lives of her patients in the hospital as well as their families and others in the community. As a former cancer patient, she's quick to offer support to those who have had or currently are undergoing cancer treatment. St. John's own cancer diagnosis caused her to take a leave of absence from work in 1995, but she completed treatment and returned to work.
St. John also volunteers as an educator at childbirth classes at LRMC. She said her passion for her work with new mothers stems from her desire to ensure that all parents have the best childbirth experience they can. She often changes her work schedule in order to be with and support families from her classes when their babies arrive.
St. John is known for her cancer fundraising efforts. She has served as co-captain for the hospital's Relay for Life team, and raised money locally for the American Cancer Society. With her involvement, LRMC has been able to host several events featuring representatives and speakers from the cancer society.
"Jan St. John positively impacts everyone around her," said GHA President Joe Parker. "Volunteering her time to educate new mothers and her cancer fundraising efforts in the community are just some of the examples of her undying commitment to the health and well-being of her fellow citizens and exceptional character. She is an ideal recipient of this award."
GHA's Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field. In addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.

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