Thompson, Delacruz named Bayhealth’s Nurses of the Year

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Bayhealth has announced ICU Night Shift Clinical Coordinator Twinez Thompson, BSN, RN, and 1A Night Shift Clinical Coordinator Glenda Delacruz, BSN, RN, CMSRN, as the Nurses of the Year for Bayhealth Milford Memorial and Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus.

Thompson’s nominator believes she is a role model for all nurses in how she approaches her work with energy, high ethical standards and integrity. Thompson’s character shined through during a fire earlier this year at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Patients were taken to the ICU during the fire resulting in 28 patients on the unit. Calmly, Thompson took down names, joked around with patients to ease stress and made sure everyone was comfortable. “She even let a patient borrow her personal phone so he could reach a family member that was heading to the hospital. In every critical situation, she remains an advocate for her patient, and is excellent at managing and coordinating patient care,” the nominator wrote.

Preferring to stay in the background, winning Nurse of the Year was overwhelming for Thompson. “I love my coworkers and the patients,” Thompson said. “Knowing I’m working with patients in critical conditions, I work hard to help turn things around by the end of my shift. I like making a difference in people’s lives.”

According to her nominator, Delacruz is driven to improve the health of not only patients she cares for at the hospital but the health of all members of the Bayhealth community. “She makes it her mission to improve the health status of all members within the hospital through her clinical skills and practice, leadership, and management skills, and ensuring that she’s always an advocate for her patient,” the nominator wrote. “Glenda is the poster child for the values at Bayhealth. These values shine through her work in each and every shift.”

Delacruz has worked for Bayhealth for 17 years, and loves the profession of nursing and caring for other people. “I love collaborating, relating and talking to patients. I love my job, which is really important. You have to love your job and the people you work with,” Delacruz said. “Everything I do is an act of service to God, and I love making a difference in the lives of our patients. I feel so humbled and honored to receive this award.”
Bayhealth congratulates Thompson and Delacruz on winning Nurses of the Year. Visit Bayhealth.org/careers for more information on working at Bayhealth.

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