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NICU Nurse from Piedmont Fayette is a Hospital Hero

Fayetteville, Ga. (November 5, 2018) Piedmont Fayette Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse Karen Veccie, RN, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on Nov. 2 in Atlanta. Veccie, who was one of only five health care workers statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her far-reaching dedication to meeting patient needs.

Veccie is known for going out of her way for each of her very young infant patients.One example in particular illustrates her great compassion. An infant in the NICU had been born with a rare genetic disorder. In addition to providing much-needed support to the parents during the NICU stay, Veccie also assisted them at discharge by connecting them with another family whose child had the same diagnosis. The family was grateful to have found additional support they could rely on when they left the hospital.

Veccie’s co-workers also benefit from her generosity. She recently helped a fellow staff member celebrate her 50th birthday in a very special way and collected money for a birthday gift for the employee. However, when Veccie learned that the co-worker’s homeland of the Philippines had recently experienced a horrific typhoon, she wanted to help. She donated the money to purchase boats for a number of fishermen in a village that had suffered damage from the storm. Veccie’s generosity helped the fishermen get their livelihood back.

“Karen Veccie is an outstanding nurse who goes out of her way to help patients and colleagues alike,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We are pleased to recognize her efforts with this award.”

To learn more about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or maternity services at Piedmont Fayette, visit piedmont.org.

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