Mary Washington Healthcare Nurse Wins National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero Award

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Gail Perkins, RN, Forensic Nurse Examiner at Mary Washington Healthcare has been selected as the 2012 National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero. Gail was chosen from a pool of Regional Healthcare Hero winners from Spirit hospitals all across the country by a national panel of judges.

MWHC Chief Nursing Officer, Marianna Bedway (left), Gail Perkins (right) 2012 Spirit of Women National Healthcare Hero

At the local Spirit of Women Awards hosted by Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) in May, Gail Perkins, was named Regional Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero, along with a Young Person Role Model and Community Hero. As the regional winner, Perkins qualified to be in the running for the national award, along with other regional Healthcare Heroes throughout the country. On Thursday, June 14, Gail Perkins began her reign as the 2012 National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero.

Gail was nominated locally for her dedication to the health and safety of women in the Fredericksburg region through her efforts in the Mary Washington Healthcare Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and her advocacy for women and children who have been victims of sexual violence.

Gail’s nomination addresses how she has actively pursued the development of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center in Spotsylvania, VA—a child-friendly facility where children of abuse can go to be interviewed, receive forensic exams. Safe Harbor also provides community services for counseling and therapy to assist children in their healing process. She also works hard to educate other MWHC Emergency Department staff on recognizing the signs of abuse and knowing the right steps to take when abuse is identified.

In July, Gail will be honored nationally for her service at the Spirit of Women National Executive Meeting Breakfast in Boca Raton, Florida.

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