CARIBOU, Maine — Erica Ouellette, RN, and certified diabetes educator was recognized at a recent all-staff forum at Cary Medical Center. Ouellette was nominated as the hospital’s Caregiver of the Year for 2015. The Maine Hospital Association asks every hospital in the state to nominate an employee for the annual award that is announced at the MHA’s summer forum.
Kris Doody, RN and CEO at Cary Medical Center, said that being nominated for the statewide award is an honor and that Ouellette was most deserving.
“Erica Ouellette is an outstanding nurse,” said Doody. “In developing material for this nomination we heard from patients, families, physicians and co-workers about the special quality that Erica brings to her work. She is enthusiastic, full of energy and always has time for her patients. She had brought our diabetes program to a very advanced level and brings to the service new technology and state-of-the-art approaches to diabetes care.”
Ouellette, who herself has type 1 diabetes, not only manages Cary’s diabetes education program, she also co-directs Camp Adventure, a summer camp for children with Type 1 diabetes sponsored by Cary Medical Center. Children from all over Maine and beyond attend camp.
During the staff forum, attended by hospital employees, Ouellette was presented with a special matted and framed certificate recognizing her nomination as Cary’s Caregiver of the Year.