Local RN Sue Glazier Honored

August 21, 2015

Sue Glazier recently was recognized as Colorado Plains Medical Center’s (CPMC) 2015 Mercy Award nominee and was a finalist for LifePoint Health’s (CPMC’s management company) prestigious annual award.  The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s more than 60 hospitals, including Colorado Plains Medical Center, who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

 The Mercy Award program is an annual recognition that was established in 2002 to honor the life of the late Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).  The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive and pays tribute to those who follow in the former leader’s footsteps.

 “At CPMC, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize that this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” says Gene O’Hara, CEO of Colorado Plains Medical Center.  “We are extremely proud to recognize Sue for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community.  She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters is treated with the highest level of care and compassion.”

 Twenty-two years ago, Glazier started her career as an emergency medical technician.  Inspired by the people she met and worked with, she went back to school to earn her degree as an RN.  For the past 17 years, she has been committed to caring for patients at the hospital.

 In 2007, Glazier achieved her Certified Emergency Nurse designation and is admired by fellow staff members for her skills in PICC line placement.  In fact, she often mentors new nurses and teaches classes in PICC lines and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support classes.

 For several years, Sue served as CPMC’s trauma coordinator and led hospital efforts for several state trauma surveys.  Her leadership and expertise led her to her current role as CPMC’s critical care coordinator.  She is also serving as one of the hospital’s champions for CPMC’s upcoming chest pain accreditation process.  However, Glazier also regularly provides direct life-saving patient care in the emergency department as well and considers this one of her most favorite job responsibilities.

 In fact, a critically ill patient receiving health care services recently expressed her gratitude to Sue, saying, “I had never met Sue before, but she called me at my home the night my PICC line was scheduled to be inserted.  She was patient, kind, and so reassuring.  She explained the procedure to me to make sure I understood it.  I’ll never forget getting off the phone and feeling some hope for the first time in ages.”

 Glazier’s care for others extends beyond the hospital’s walls.  She has been known to take in stray puppies and orphaned kittens and tend to them until she can find permanent homes for them.  Glazier is the pianist at her church and provides the music for programs and the praise band as well.  It is not unusual to see this seasoned nurse volunteering for youth activities and school functions in Wiggins either.

 Sonya Bass, CPMC’s chief nursing officer remarks, “Sue takes care of everyone else before thinking of herself.  She has a kind, generous spirit, and she shares that kindness with everyone around her.”

 Earlier this month, the company-wide winner was announced and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, to which Glazier and all hospital winners were invited to attend.  Arlene Mofield, from Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, was selected for this year’s honors.