Jacques Named Nurse of the Year

Columbia Memorial Nurse Awarded Regional Honors

Nursing excellence

CMH’s 2017 Nurse of the Year finalists, and winner Jenny Jacques (center).

ASTORIA, Ore. – For the third year in a row, the March of Dimes has awarded a Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) nurse its Nurse of the Year Award.

Jenny Jacques, RN, was named the 2017 Ambulatory Care Nurse of the Year for Oregon and Southwest Washington by the March of Dimes during an award ceremony in Portland on June 2, 2017. Nurses Laura Brown and Kendra Gohl were Nurse of the Year award winners in 2015 and 2016.

“Jenny is an asset to CMH and to the community. She has dedicated her professional and personal life to caring for vulnerable people in our community,” said Trece Gurrad, CMH’s vice-president of patient care services. “She leads by example, modeling compassion and teamwork for her patients and fellow caregivers.”

Jacques has been a nurse for 27 years. She volunteers as a camp nurse for VOCA (Victory Over Child Abuse), serves as a WomenHeart champion and support network coordinator, and she’s a Tongue Point Job Corp Advisory Board member for the medical assistant training program.

“I am endlessly proud of my role as a helping professional, and am grateful and proud of my profession as a whole,” Jacques said.
CMH’s other Nurse of the Year finalists were Jamee Meier, Kate Autio, Lisa Harris, Mackenzie Payton, Shannon Lackey, and Susie Graham.