Page Content National Nurses Week We salute ALL Kelsey-Seybold nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12 A career in nursing isn’t for the faint of heart, and this was especially true in 2020 as the world battled a global pandemic. Nurses are there for us during the milestone moments of our lives, sharing in the joyfulness of new life, the pain of a difficult diagnosis, and the endurance it takes to complete treatment. They even suffer with us when we experience loss. This last year magnified all these emotions for us and for our patients, and our nurses took them all in stride and continued to deliver the best possible care in a year filled with challenges. It is for this reason we salute ALL Kelsey-Seybold nurses. In May, many organizations across the country pay tribute to the noble profession of nursing and in Houston, The Houston Chronicle requests submissions for an annual recognition program: Salute to Nurses. Six of our own nurses were nominated by their peers for their outstanding contributions to the field. Hilary Chandler and Diana Wilde were recognized by the Houston Chronicle as Top 150 nurses, and Patty Silva was named a Top 15 nurse. Meet Our Nominated Nurses! Angel SargentR.N., A.D.N. Nursing Supervisor, Spring Medical & Diagnostic Center RN Supervisor at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center. Frequently the go-to person for projects that require steady focus, steadfast determination, and outstanding communication, Angel partnered with her staff to implement a drive-through “Swab & Go” COVID-19 testing program. Diana Wilde R.N. B.S.N. Nurse Manager, Medical Imaging, Main Campus Nursing Manager in the Imaging Department at several Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations, is seen among leadership, staff, and peers as a courageous leader. They look to her for expert, detailed information and relentless focus. Her ability to stay on track and follow through on projects until completion are an inspiration to everyone around her. Hilary Chandler B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., C.R.N.I. Nurse Manager, Cancer Services, Main Campus Nurse Manager for the Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center at our Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center. She’s the epitome of nursing dedication and commitment to excellence, and the challenges of 2020 only magnified her talents and strengths. During the COVID-19 shutdown, she quickly implemented a staffing rotation plan with our Ambulatory Surgery Center so Infusion Services could remain open for patients needing life-saving treatment. Joelle Melton B.S.N., R.N., A.M.B.-B.C. Nursing Supervisor, Tanglewood Nursing Supervisor at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Tanglewood, but she has worn many hats during her nursing career. In addition to managing nursing staff, she has also worked as an infusion nurse for cancer patients and as a clinical educator. Joelle used her strong nursing background and skills to work tirelessly to test patients for COVID-19 through Kelsey-Seybold’s Swab & Go drive-through testing program. Kalen Cassel M.H.A., B.S.N., R.N. Clinic Administrator, Specialty, Main Campus Clinic Administrator for the Pulmonary, Allergy, Dermatology, and Lung Diagnostic Center at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Berthelsen Main Campus. Kalen has worked tirelessly for our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was instrumental in developing an organizational emergency response team, which is responsible for screening all staff, patients, and visitors for temperature and other symptoms of COVID-19 at all Kelsey-Seybold building entry points. Patty Silva R.N., M.S., N.E.-B.C. Nurse Manager, Pulmonary, Main Campus RN Supervisor in Pulmonary, Allergy, and Dermatology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Berthelsen Main Campus. Patricia is well-respected among her nursing colleagues, providers, directors, and staff. She has proven to be a leader and clinical champion. Patricia has focused her time at Kelsey-Seybold on developing her staff to provide the highest quality of care to patients – care that not only is seen face to face, but also transcends through all patient and staff interaction.