Rose of Care Distinguished Nurse Recognition Program and Trauma and Disaster Management Symposium to be Announced to Media and Lee County Business Leaders on Tuesday at a Breakout Breakfast in Ft. Myers, Florida

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The steering committee of the Rose of Care Award and Trauma and Disaster Management Symposium announced the details of the 1st Annual Rose of Care nurse recognition program and Disaster Management and Trauma Symposium at a breakout breakfast on Tuesday in Ft Myers, Florida. The Rose of Care recognition program, a community project sponsored by Hadassah, is a search for local RN's who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and honors the memory of Dr. Ingeborg Mauksch.

The steering committee of the Rose of Care Award and Trauma and Disaster Management Symposium announced the details of the 1st Annual Rose of Care nurse recognition program and Disaster Management and Trauma Symposium at a breakout breakfast on Tuesday in Ft Myers, Florida.

The Rose of Care recognition program, a community project sponsored by Hadassah, is a search for local RN's who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and honors the memory of Dr. Ingeborg Mauksch. "This program is a perfect opportunity for our community to show gratitude and support for a giving profession that often goes unrecognized", says committee member Sylvia Simko.

All registered nurses in any field of nursing, who live or work in Lee County, are eligible for the award. Nurses can be nominated by anyone by filling out a nomination form, which will be available at various locations throughout Lee County and online at http://www.roseofcare.org "The nomination process starts immediately and runs through April 15th of this year;" says Rose of Care chairperson Linda Sweet. "We are so anxious to read the stories of these deserving individuals."

Once a nurse has been nominated, he or she will receive a congratulatory letter and an application form. Application forms will be accepted through June 1st, 2007. A qualified selection committee will review all the applications and narrow the field to four finalists. All four finalists will be honored and receive awards at the Rose of Care Awards Gala, scheduled for October of this year. The recipient of the award will be announced at the gala and receive an award of a nurses mission trip to Hadassah Medical Hospital in Israel and the Rose of Care pin created by jewelry designer Mark Loren.

Special guest hosts of the event, Jamie Yuccas of NBC 2 and John Biffar of Dreamtime Entertainment were scheduled to introduce speakers and Rose of Care committee members, Dr Carol E. Davis, Phd, RN, Linda L. Brown, MSN, ARNT, and Laura Brennaman, RN, MSN, CEN.

The second part of this new project is the Disaster Management and Trauma Symposium. The symposium is being co-sponsored by Lee Memorial Health System and Hadassah. The two day symposium is slated to occur in January of 2008, on Sanibel. The symposium will be open to healthcare professionals nationwide. "World renowned medical professionals will be teaching and speaking at the symposium; it is going to be a great opportunity for continued education," says committee member Kelly McWilliams, "and what better place than beautiful Lee county?"

Local businesses wishing to sponsor or contribute to the program should contact Linda Sweet at (239) 267-0618.

Press Contact: Linda Sweet (239) 267-0618

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