September 2017 CARNATION Honoree

Congratulations to Christina Spahr, E4 – Our CARNATION Care Award honoree in September 2017!

Nursing Support Team Members are the “front line” staff in our hospital and work closely with patients, family and other staff to provide safe care during their hospital stay. They build positive relationships with the patients and families which can be key to a successful recovery.

The Carnation Care Award is a quarterly award given to an outstanding Nursing Support Team Member that demonstrates consistent qualities above their expected performance at UPMC Pinnacle Hanover. The staff person must consistently demonstrate excellence through extraordinary service and compassionate care while being a role model for their peers.

  • Compassionate – motivation to help and promote healing
  • Ambition – desire to provide the best care above and beyond
  • Remarkable – extraordinary service and attitude
  • Noble – honors the values, mission and vision of our organization
  • Appreciation – aware of the goal and appreciates teamwork
  • Trustworthy – dependable and flexible
  • Integrity – reliable and honest
  • Outgoing – positive attitude
  • Nurturing – caring towards others

Christina Spahr, PCA on E4, was nominated both by a fellow staff member and by a patient's family member.

"A patient was brought in for frequent falls and had expressed to myself and Christina how her daughter emotionally abused her and became fearful. Christina provided compassionate care and went above and beyond to buy the patient a small bouquet of flowers to boost her spirits. Christina is always providing respectful and compassionate care with a positive attitude. It is always a pleasure working with her. Christina always strives to do the best for her patients and connects with her patients on a personal level. She always goes above and beyond her job title every day that she works! You can tell she loves her job!"

~ Kristen Witman, RN

"I was so touched and appreciative for the amazing care Christina gave my Gram. As a [patient] who suffered a painful fall, she was not an easy case. Christina went above and beyond to care for her. Thank you for your dedication and compassion."

~ M.L.

Carnation Recipients