From OHC, Specialists in the Treatment of Adult Cancers and Blood Disorders

April 14, 2021

OHC’s own Sarah Banfill, a treatment suite nurse at our West location and resident of Bridgetown, Ohio, was recently selected as a Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing nominee. The award, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, recognizes outstanding nurses in the Greater Cincinnati region who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care.

St. Bernard, Ohio resident Georgia Luttrell, a patient of OHC’s Kurt P. Leuenberger, MD, nominated Sarah for making her feel like she was at home during her chemotherapy treatments. “I felt very comfortable with Sarah,” noted Georgia. “She was so detailed and explained everything that would be happening.” Georgia, who has lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain, had been seeing Sarah three times a week for treatment. “I’ve not had a bad experience,” added Georgia. “Sarah is an excellent nurse!”

Sarah joined OHC in July of 2019 after working on an orthopedic floor at a local hospital for a couple of years. “OHC doctors would send their patients to my floor,” said Sarah. “They were always my favorite.” Sarah, who studied nursing at Mount St. Joseph University, worked as a patient care assistant throughout school. She must have made quite an impression on Georgia. Sarah met Georgia last fall and learned of the award nomination shortly afterwards. “I was surprised!” said Sarah when asked about how she felt about being nominated.

The nature of a treatment suite nurse’s work lends itself to quickly getting to know patients, and that’s why Sarah finds her role at OHC rewarding. “We have the opportunity to work with the same patients on a regular basis,” said Sarah. “We get to know them on a personal level, and that doesn’t usually happen in the hospital.” Sarah humbly adds, “It’s exciting that someone recognizes that we truly are trying to do our best.”

“We are very proud of Sarah,” commented Dr. Leuenberger, a medical oncologist and hematologist. “The level of care Sarah and her colleagues provide to our patients is exceptional and speaks to how we would want our own family members to be taken care of. As doctors we are fortunate to work with such a great team of nurses,” said Dr. Leuenberger.

Every year, the UC College of Nursing Board of Advisers names six Florence Nightingale Award winners from a pool of hundreds of Greater Cincinnati nurses who best exemplify direct patient care. This year’s 29th annual awards ceremony will take place virtually on May 12.

Past OHC Nightingale Award nominees include Lisa Gebhardt (2012) and Anita Logsdon (2019).

Pictured above: Sarah checks up on Georgia during a recent chemotherapy treatment.

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