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Several Alliance Community Hospital Nurses Earn Certifications

December 10, 2007

Four registered nurses at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital recently earned specialty certifications in their fields of expertise, while another nine were awarded their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at a pinning ceremony in the hospital earlier this week.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


“All of these individuals are deeply committed to providing the most clinically efficient and holistically compassionate nursing practices available.  They are a stellar reflection of the balance of clinical quality and empathetic care giving that is standard here at Alliance Community, a proud Planetree affiliate,†said Pamela Power, Chief Nursing Officer at ACH.


Alliance Community is one of only a few Planetree hospitals in the state of Ohio and it is the ONLY Planetree facility in the region. Planetree is a global non-profit organization that advocates patient-centered care and integrates complementary therapies with highly-advanced medical technology to provide patients with an optimal healing environment.


“It's so encouraging to see so many members of the staff taking the initiative and going the extra mile for the betterment of patient care,†said Amy Antonacci, a Nursing Supervisor at ACH.


The four ACH nurses who recently earned specialty certifications are: 1) Lori Chunko, who has been a registered nurse since 1997.  She has worked in intensive care for the past eight years and is now a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).  2) Kim Moore has been a registered nurse for the past 23 and-a-half years, the majority of that time having been spent working in progressive care.  She is now a Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN).  3) Becky Glista has been a registered nurse for eight years, seven of which she's worked in Intensive care.  She is now a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).  4) Jill Dorsey has worked in progressive care since becoming a registered nurse in 1999.  She is now a Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN). 


The nine registered nurses who received their Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University Tuesday evening, are: Chris Cannell, Billie Jo Blair Hatton, Mike Flinn, Renee Bender, Polly Oschsendorf, Tracey Edwards and Joan Thomas of ACH and Carla Locke and Lori Williams of the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.


Alliance CommunityHospital is a non-profit facility that was founded in 1901.  ACH is licensed for 204 beds, including 78 nursing home/transitional care beds in its attached, long-term care facility, the CommunityCareCenter.   ACH is fully-accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and offers a quality medical staff of more than 150 active and covering physicians.  For more information, visit our website at

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