Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Director of Nursing awarded Palmetto Gold Award
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center congratulates Associate Director of Nursing & Patient Care Services, Mary Fraggos, as recipient of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence.
In her role as the Medical Center Nurse Executive, Fraggos has been instrumental in developing and implementing policies and procedures and accreditation standards for the medical center. As the Executive Nursing Leader she provides multiple complex administrative and clinical services to include such areas as nursing practice, leadership, policy and procedure development and other educational and committee services.
Fraggos provides a personal and patient-oriented approach and is an advocate in their behalf. Her dedicated excellence in nursing practice, theory, research, and community outreach are proven by competent and empathetic nursing care she provides, which is essential to the fulfillment of the organization’s focus.
Her organizational expertise to help others is evidenced by her interaction with staff, Veterans and families.
The Palmetto Gold Award by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation, Inc. is presented for excellence in nursing practices and commitment to profession.
The South Carolina Nurses Foundation began the Palmetto Gold Award and scholarship recognition program in 2002. The program was formed to showcase the valuable contributions nurses make to patient care in our state and raising funds to endow scholarships for registered nurse students are the purpose of this organization. Established in 1974, SCNF is one of the oldest nursing endowments in the country and continues in it charitable, scientific, literary and educational role. This program offers nurse employers across the state the opportunity to nominate outstanding nurses.