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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Martin Health Nurses Recognized With GEM Award for Nursing Excellence

Three Martin Health nurses have been selected as regional winners in the 2014 GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) awards program. They are among six nurses from the Florida region who will move on to the national awards program which will be announced in late summer. 

GEM is a national awards program to honor nurses and the extraordinary contributions they make to patients, the nursing profession and the overall health care system. All those recognized are nominated, selected and honored by fellow nurses.  

The Martin Health GEM award recipients are:

 Gina All  Margarita Johnson  Meredith Norkus

  • Gina All, RN, BSN, CNOR, patient care leader, perioperative services for Tradition Medical Center, was selected for the GEM award in the Patient and Staff Management category.  This category recognizes nurses who make significant contributions to the management, supervision or direction of the environment of care and the performance of staff, and demonstrate an ability to lead, influence and improve outcomes of care in any inpatient or outpatient setting. “I am very grateful to a nurse leader who saw qualities in me, mentored me and showed me this career path that I love so much,” All said. “It is challenging and complex, but so rewarding when improving patient care and mentoring staff.  Our Perioperative associates truly understand the team approach and support all aspects of patient care.  They work very hard and always focus on the patient. I am very fortunate to lead such a great staff.”
  • Margarita Johnston, RN, staff nurse in perioperative services, was selected for the GEM award in the Clinical Nursing, Inpatient category.  This category recognizes nurses who demonstrate superior clinical nursing knowledge and expert skills, and apply both in ways that measurably impact the quality of care and improve patient care outcomes in any inpatient clinical setting or nursing specialty.  “Early on in my career I realized that nurses have a major impact on patients during one of the most stressful times in their lives – hospitalization,” Johnston said.  “Patients are often scared, nervous of the outcome or overwhelmed with the diagnosis. Nurses at the bedside can educate, provide reassurance and empower patients to make healthy lifestyle changes. The best part of it all is when you see them in the community doing well.  I am very proud to be in a profession that has the privilege of making a positive impact on people that can last a lifetime.” 
  • Meredith Norkus, RN, BSN, CPEN, CNML, clinical nurse educator for emergency services at Martin Health, was selected for the GEM award in the Education and Mentorship category. This category recognizes nurses who contribute to nursing's body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education, or who guides, supports or influences nurses' career development in meaningful, measurable ways. “Working with new associates entering our facility, and especially novice nurses, has always been a passion of mine and I am truly content and satisfied to watch them grow and develop,” Norkus said. “I strongly believe that it’s important to provide them with support and mentorship through at least their first year of nursing as well as serve as a resource for them throughout their career.  Building these mentoring relationships with my team and seeing the successes of the novice nurses empowers me to continue this important work.”
“This is a very well-deserved honor for these three nurses and brings a great sense of pride to the Martin Health System,” said Libby Flippo, Assistant Vice President and Interim System Chief Nursing Officer for Martin Health. “We are grateful to these three nursing professionals for their exceptional contributions and commitment to our patients.  Individuals like these are the reason why Martin Health is able to provide such high quality care.” 

About Martin Health System: Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that has served the region for 75 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,700 associates, nearly 375 affiliated physicians and 900 volunteers provide care at 13 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie counties. To learn more, visit 

For more information about the GEM awards, visit

Contact: Donna Murphy, Communications Specialist
Phone: 772.223.2835

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