Mount Desert Island Hospital announced the four winners of its 2019 Ursula E.J. Lee Award for Nursing Excellence on Monday, June 3rd. They were Melanie Clauson, RN; Joyce MacIntosh, RN; Sarah McEachern, RN; Kristin McKee, RN.

Photo MDI Hospital
Photo MDI Hospital

Dr. Leung Lee, a Bar Harbor resident, established the award in memory of his wife. The Ursula E.J. Lee Award for Nursing Excellence honors the compassionate, loving care Ursula received from her nurses at MDI Hospital. The award will be given annually to four nurses  who demonstrate clinical excellence and a commitment to compassionate care in their nursing practice.

“We are so very grateful to Dr. Lee and the Lee family for establishing this award,” said MDI Hospital President/CEO Art Blank. “In addition to their talent, experience and education, each of these nurses is a dedicated, compassionate professional. They clearly demonstrate how a passion for nursing can drive excellence in every aspect of patient care.

Candidates were nominated by their peers based on excellence in six categories: compassionate care, clinical practice, advocacy, leadership, change agent and mentorship. A panel of judges comprised of hospital peers was charged with the difficult task of selecting just four winners. Award winners were each presented with a framed certificate of excellence and a $500.00 gift made possible by the generosity of the Lee family.

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