From OHC

May 9, 2024

There are individuals who embody the spirit of compassion and dedication, making a profound impact on those around them. Today we are thrilled to shine a light on one such remarkable individual. OHC would like to recognize OHC Eastgate treatment suite nurse, Suzanne Clepper, RN, for her nomination for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing 32nd Torch of Excellence Nursing Awards. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding nurses who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care.  Suzanne was among a select group of finalists whose her dedication and commitment to our patients make her a leader in patient care.

Suzanne was nominated by OHC patient Kimberly Rhyan. “There are people who you just know they are good people, and that’s Suzanne,” shared Kimberly.  Kimberly visited Suzanne during Nurses Week this year to present her with a special award she had made and flowers, again thanking Suzanne for the care provided to her.

When asked about the nomination, her colleagues’ response was unanimous. “Suzanne is not only an exceptional nurse, but her empathy and kindness for her patients and their families is unwavering. She goes above and beyond, to connect with them, making certain they are heard, seen, and supported during their treatment. Suzanne inspires the entire team with her positive attitude and dedication to our patients,” shared OHC medical oncologist and hematologist, Benjamin T. Herms, MD. “We are lucky to have Suzanne at Eastgate.”

Suzanne has been with OHC for over ten years and she believes she’s supposed to be here.  “If you just go to work every day and you’re just putting in the hours, it’s not the same. You have to be connected to what you do and I feel like God put me here to help cancer patients and really, they help me as much as I help them,” explains Suzanne.  “You have to let emotion into your job, or we wouldn’t do as good of a job as we do, and I think there are plenty of places that don’t do that, but at OHC, it’s such a big part of what we do.”

When asked how Suzanne felt about being nominated by a patient, she was overwhelmed.  “Kimberly’s so special to me and she’s going through so much but for her to take the time to nominate me is just, there are no words to describe how I feel,” says Suzanne.  She continues, “She’s such an amazing woman, she’s a single mom, she takes every day with such grace and does so much for her community.  To be nominated by a patient is special, but to be nominated by this amazing woman is so much more.”

It is no surprise that Suzanne was nominated for this prestigious award. Her contributions to the field of oncology nursing are not only impactful but also heartwarming. As we celebrate her achievements and dedication, we are again reminded of the profound difference one person can make in the lives of many.

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