Recognition: Joseph G. Sylvester Award

Each year, for the past 29 years, the Medical Staff of McLeod Regional Medical Center has presented The Joseph G. Sylvester Award to the new Registered Nurse candidate who best exemplifies high standards of health care and selfless devotion to the nursing profession.

Sylvester Awards08-09

Kristin O'Neal, RN and Elizabeth Wright, RN accept their Sylvester awards.


Joseph Sylvester was an Austrian born and educated physician who eventually moved to Florence in 1939 to begin his medical practice at McLeod Infirmary.  Dr. Sylvester was known for his high standards, medical professionalism and dedication to the provision of excellent health care.  The award that bears his name was established in his honor in remembrance of his high ideals. 

In order to be eligible for the Sylvester Award, a nurse must have recently graduated from of a Registered Nursing program, worked for McLeod at least one year and not have worked at any other facility as a nurse. Those nominated must demonstrate excellence in nursing practice. There is a two phase selection process for the winner of this prestigious award.  In the first phase, members of the nursing leadership team vote for the top 3 candidates for the award. The final selection of the winner is made by members of the McLeod Medical Staff.  This year, McLeod named the winner for both 2008 and 2009.

The 2008 award winner is Elizabeth Wright. Elizabeth is currently employed in MICU. Elizabeth graduated from Florence Darlington Technical College August 8, 2006, and started her career at McLeod on September 11, 2006. In January of 2008, Elizabeth was promoted to the position of Patient Care Supervisor. She has two daughters,(2 1/2) and (4 months). Elizabeth intends to return to school to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in nursing and she would eventually like to eventually become a nurse educator.

The 2009 recipient of the Sylvester Award is Kristin O’Neal.  Kristen, graduated in May of 2008, is also employed in MICU.  A graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College, she began her career as a Registered Nurse at McLeod on June 10, 2008. Kristen is married and has four children.  She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s and Masters in nursing.  Kristen says that she intends to “evolve and learn, and be attentive to the direction my profession is leading me.”  “I want to always progress in my profession by expanding my knowledge and skill while always being able to work closely with my patients.”

Congratulations to both the 2008 and 2009 recipients of the Sylvester Award.

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