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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


VA nurses take home the Palmetto Gold

Charleston VA Medical Center nurses Rodney Hicks, Vincencia Trowell and Nicole Coxe received the Palmetto Gold Awards for 2016.

Charleston VA Medical Center nurses Vincencia Trowell, Nicole Coxe and Rodney Hicks received the Palmetto Gold Awards in 2016.

By Mary O’Dell, Stakeholder Relations Intern
Monday, April 25, 2016

For several years, nurses from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center have been among the 100 selected across the state to be recognized as Palmetto Gold Award recipients. This year, three of the six nominees from the Charleston VA Medical Center allow that tradition to carry on.

Rodney Hicks, Chief of Sterile Processing Service (SPS), Vincencia Trowell, Goose Creek VA Outpatient Clinic Nurse Manager, and Nicole Coxe, Chief of Nursing Education, have the honor of receiving this award and being recognized at the annual Palmetto Gold Gala in April. Each of these individuals has exemplified excellence in their career field and nursing practice and was nominated for the prestigious recognition.

Trowell provides management and leadership to a ten-provider primary care clinic with mental health integration. She has an essential role in the contribution of achieving the goals of the Patient Aligned Care Teams.

"I've been a nurse since 1999 and receiving this award was surreal," Trowell explained. "Hearing I had been selected was a great surprise and I'm so honored."

Individuals are nominated directly by their peers or supervisor and receive a congratulatory letter in the mail notifying them of selection.

"When I realized what I was holding I felt not only honored I'd been recognized in that capacity, but grateful for our SPS team," Hicks said. "I'm also thankful for our leadership and my mentors."

Hicks, a registered nurse for 30 years, is responsible for ensuring SPS provides quality product sterilization and high level disinfection of reusable instruments at Charleston VAMC.

"I was pleasantly surprised and immediately humbled one of my colleagues had taken the time to nominate me for this award," Coxe said. "I hold a true passion for nursing education and the professional development of nursing students and staff."

Coxe leads clinical and academic nursing education within the medical center and outpatient clinics. She also has the opportunity to utilize creative educational strategies to enhance the clinical and professional development of nursing staff.

Also nominated were Quanda Singleton, Kathleen Fowler and Wendy Young.


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