Ambassador of the Month

Teresa Smith | June Ambassador

Teri Smith, an inpatient wound nurse, has been named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. During a presentation Monday, CEO Chuck Elliott said Smith stands out because she takes the time to listen to patients, and involves them in problem-solving. “She is calming, kindhearted and compassionate,” he said. “She makes sure that patients understand their treatment plans.” Smith worked in banking for many years before deciding to return to school to become a nurse. She picked the year that her daughter, Pamela, graduated from high school so that they could enroll at the same time. She went to East Carolina University; and Smith went to Beaufort County Community College. Smith says she lost her husband 18 years ago to a sudden wound infection. And while he was being treated in an ICU, she bonded with the nurses and felt inspired by their work. “That’s when I saw nursing as a meaningful, important job. I wanted to be that kind, compassionate nurse,” she said. Angela Fortson, director of wound care, says Smith is always looking for ways to improve patient care. “She shares her knowledge with staff and physicians so that many patients can benefit,” she says. “Improving outcomes is what matters most to her.” Smith gives credit to her coworkers at Johnston Health Therapeutic Wound Center. “They’re the backbone of our success with inpatient wound care.  We coordinate our recommendations with their knowledge and experience with wounds,” she says. Smith lives north of Smithfield. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she has two “very special” grandchildren. Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. They deliver quality care, foster teamwork and offer excellent service. In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Smith will receive eight hours of paid time off. Pictured: At center, CEO Chuck Elliott congratulates Teresa “Teri” Smith on being named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. At left is Angela Fortson, director of wound care, and at right is Tracey Carson, an administrative director of patient care services. In addition to a parking sign and designated parking spot, Smith will receive eight hours of paid time off.

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