Marcum’s peers nominated her for North Ottawa Community Health System’s 2017 Nurse Excellence award. It’s the first year a hospice and palliative care nurse has received the award. In total, three nurses in that field were nominated for the award, along side nurses from other parts of the health care continuum.
Marcum, 44, provides support, manages patient symptoms and provides the best quality of life for her patients. A Grand Haven resident, she has been a nurse for 17 years, 13 of those caring for patients at NOCHS.
Dr. Donald Sikkema and his wife started the award in 1993 as a way for employees to recognize their peers’ exceptional work.
Registered nurse Laura Bronold, a past recipient and a committee member, said the award gives people a chance to learn more about their colleagues.
Bronold said nurses don’t boast about themselves, and noted that she commends those who’ve accepted the nomination.
Being nominated by peers is the best honor and compliment, said Hospice and Palliative Care Director Dr. Stuart VanderHeide.
VanderHeide said Marcum has a gift of helping patients and families find comfort at the end of life.
“Excellence well defined,” he said.
As Marcum’s family and colleagues gathered for a special ceremony on Thursday, Marcum said there are many deserving nurses, and it means a lot to have been selected as the award recipient.
Developing relationships with patients and families throughout the days, months and years, she handles their care is the most rewarding, Marcum said.
She thanked the hospice team and her family for supporting her along the way.
“Without you, I wouldn’t be here today,” Marcum said.