AMORY – Seven Gilmore Memorial Hospital nurses were recognized May 4 as part of a segue ceremony ahead of National Nurses Week, but one of them received the hospital’s most prestigious honor of the year – the Florence G. Nightingale Award.

Gilmore Intensive Care Unit Director Regina Marshall has attended the ceremonies since they began five years ago but never figured she would be a winner of one of the awards.

“I can’t explain it. For my peers to think this highly of me is amazing. It’s really a ministry, and we’re all in it together,” said Marshall, who has worked at Gilmore for 27 years.

Gilmore Chief Nursing Officer Cathy Mitchell said Marshall never complains about the time she spends working, and the love she has for Gilmore is reciprocal from its employees and patients.

“She wants to be here. The love she gives for her family she gives to her patients,” Mitchell said.

Other nurses honored were Sonya Presnal, Kelly Murff, Angie Strickland, Lola Stanford, Randy Parker and Robin Cagle.

The Nurses Day celebration offered a token of appreciation to all of those working in the field.

“This is something I enjoy because I value relationships in any form but especially for those who will take care of me when I’m sick. Nurses are more than medical treatment – they’re the only friend in the room, a counselor to family and a ray of love,” said Mayor Brad Blalock.

Registered nurse Gail Guyton served as keynote speaker and shared her story about being on the receiving end of patient care during her battle against breast cancer.

“It taught me to be a better nurse. It taught me to treat my patients more special, not like I wasn’t already,” said Guyton, who added God has gotten her through her fight.

Parts of her talk focused on Kelly Anderson, a Gilmore nurse who lost her battle to cancer last year. Anderson was also remembered with a tribute set up in her memory during the ceremony.

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