TriStar Summit
May 06, 2015

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (May 6, 2015) — They serve on the front lines of patient care and stand ready to address patient concerns and provide comfort to patients and family members in times of need. National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States, honors the contributions of nurses across the country and TriStar Summit Medical Center marks the week by honoring its more than 400 nurses whose willingness to go above and beyond defines the core of TriStar Summit’s values.

“Our nurses, through their hard work and dedication to TriStar Summit, better the lives of the patients they serve,” said Mary Ann Angle, chief nursing officer at TriStar Summit Medical Center. “Our nurses are committed to providing excellent care to every patient, every time and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their support.”

The hospital recognized three nurses for their outstanding patient advocacy and leadership during a hospital celebration on Wednesday, May 6. John M. Kneisel, RN, received top honors this year as the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Harkreader Compassion Award. The additional nominees included: Kathy Smith, RN and Carol Fountain, RN.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected Ethical Practice. Quality Care as the theme for 2015.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

For more information about TriStar Summit or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at (615) 342-1919 or visit

PHOTO: (L-R) Mary Ann Angle, CNO, John M. Kneisel, RN, Jeff Whitehorn, CEO