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CGH Recognizes Sunshine Award Winner Jessica Morris

Hospital news | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Contact: Rebecca Green

Jessica Morris, a Certified Podiatry Nursing Assistant (CPNA) in CGH Medical Center’s Podiatry Department, was recently recognized as a recipient of the Sunshine Award for extraordinary service. The Sunshine Award was created to honor and recognize outstanding service and compassionate care by those in non-nursing roles, such as CNA’s, CMA’s, or CMT’s.

“I have been going to Dr. (Eric) Riley for many years,” said Stephanie Waller, RN, Digestive Health Center, and Sunshine Award Coordinator, as she read the nomination. “I have an infection in the bone, and he is trying his best to save my foot. When I had my last surgery, I was very, very scared. Jessica was in the operating room, and before surgery she kept telling me, ‘we’ve got this…you’ve got this…I will do anything to help you get better.’

“Every time I go in there, she brightens my day…she makes all the treatments - and everything else they're doing to save my foot - bearable. She takes time to answer all of my questions and makes me feel a lot better. She does an absolutely amazing job with my wound care, and I truly don't know what Dr. Riley would do without her. I don’t know where I would be or if I could have fought this fight without her.”

“Her care, compassion and dedication is absolutely amazing,” concluded the nomination. “I’ve never seen anybody like her ever!!! I truly believe she is a well-deserved recipient of this award. She should be recognized because I truly believe this award is what you created it for.”

“I have worked in Podiatry for 13 years,” said Morris when receiving her award. “What I love most about my job is patient care, but I also enjoy assisting in surgery, casting in the office, and being part of a great team. Thank you so much!”

If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary service that you or a family member have received at CGH Medical Center by a staff member in a non-nursing role, please visit