Adena Regional Medical Center Nurse Joan Uhrig has been named March of Dimes of Ohio’s Nurse of the Year for Women’s Health and Centering. Uhrig was selected from nearly 400 applicants, and was one of a dozen finalists in the Health and Centering category. She has been a nurse with Adena Health System for more than 34 years.
“Joan consistently goes above and beyond to support our new moms,” said Adena’s Chief Nursing Officer Judi Henson. “Her 34 years of experience has helped educate many new families here in our community. We are thankful for her passion for our patients, and her commitment to Adena Health System.”
Uhrig was recently recognized for her work making sure babies and their mothers receive the education and information they need for an optimal start. She has been instrumental in the development of a prenatal education program designed to help mothers prepare for safe deliveries of healthy babies. Joan has also assisted in the development of the Health System’s Safe Sleep Program, which includes parental education about safe sleep, the use of the Halo® Sleep Sack, and “Cribs for Kids” program, which promotes safe sleep for infants in a bed of their own. She is a certified lactation consultant and a leader in increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed their babies in our community.
“I’m very grateful, but you don’t do things alone,” said Joan of her recognition. “Over the years, I’ve had a lot of awesome co-workers who have helped me accomplish a great deal. It’s a group effort; and there are a lot of amazing people here.”
The March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year Awards is a state-wide event that recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence, and promotes the future of the nursing profession. The organization works to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.