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Mary Bridge VP & Administrator Receives "Passion Award"
Mady Murrey, RN, MN Noted for Devotion to Hospital, Patients & Staff
Monday, October 27, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Todd Kelley (253) 403-1716
(TACOMA) – Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center’s Vice President & Administrator Mady Murrey, RN, MN is the 2008 recipient of the VHA West Coast Passion Award.
Nominated by a colleague, Murrey was awarded for setting high goals, motivating members of a multi-disciplinary team and being visionary, innovative, caring and optimistic with staff and patients.
Murrey first came to Mary Bridge in 1991 as a trauma nurse and in 2004, she became administrator.
Since then, she has added important new services to Mary Bridge, including a new technology called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which provides cardiac and respiratory oxygen to patients with decreased cardiovascular function. She worked collaboratively with multiple departments and community leaders to assure this lifesaving technology was available to children. ECMO has saved many lives since it was first used at Mary Bridge in 2007.
Murrey has also reached out to other hospitals in the region with services offered by Mary Bridge. There are now Mary Bridge inpatient units serving children at two area hospitals, including Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Each unit is staffed with Mary Bridge Inpatient Service physicians and pediatric trained nurses. Also under her leadership, the outpatient clinics in Puyallup, Olympia, Silverdale, Covington and Gig Harbor have made specialized pediatric care more available to children across the region.
“Mady approaches everything in life with a ‘can-do’ attitude,” said Sherry Hammond, Administrator of Customer Development for MultiCare. “Even when visiting patients and parents at Mary Bridge, she will comment to mothers that they are doing a great job caring for and comforting their child, which is very reassuring for them.”
Murrey is also a committed community volunteer. She spends her free time volunteering at a local food bank, tutoring children and serving on the United Way Board of Directors, where she agreed to chair the Early Childhood Education committee.
“Mady truly carries her passion into every facet of her life,” Hammond added.
MultiCare is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma, Washington since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community needs. Today we are the area's largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 17 offices across the U.S., including VHA West Coast, VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and 21,000+ non-acute health care organizations nationwide.
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