Three Honored During National Nurses Week

Monday, May 13, 2019

During OLBH's recent celebration of National Nurses Week,Ryan Fox, RN, received the sixteenth annual Sister Ruth Ellen James Nursing Excellence Award, the nurse of the year honor. Bryan Hopper, BSN, RN, received the hospital’s eleventh annual Outstanding Nurse Leader Award and Cindy Stephens received the fourth Providing Compassion and Teamwork (PCT) Award.

Nominated by his peers, Fox was selected for his clinical expertise and work ethic. The award is a reflection of the regard and admiration for Fox’s abilities, compassion, commitment and professionalism. The award is named after Sister Ruth Ellen James, a long-time nurse at OLBH known for her caring nature and commitment to the patient and hospital’s mission. Fox has been an employee of OLBH for three years and earned his nursing degree from Shawnee State University. Fox works as a nurse at the Bellefonte Behavioral Health Center. 

Outstanding Nurse Leader Award winner Hopper serves as the nurse manager of 3-Center, OLBH’s cardiopulmonary unit. Hopper has worked at OLBH for 12 years and earned his nursing degree from Marshall University. He was recently board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nurse executive. 

Stephens is a patient care technician at OLBH’s outpatient infusion center. She has worked at OLBH for 10 years. The PCT award honors those technicians whose exemplary work assists the nursing profession.

“Ryan, Bryan, and Cindy are an excellent trio that we’re lucky to have and thrilled to honor,” said OLBH Chief Nursing Executive Brandi Fields. “These three individuals are amazing representations of their professions. The care they provide patients has made them worthy of these honors.”