“At a young age I witnessed a 15-year-old boy drown and CPR being performed, and I remember wanting so badly to do something to help that boy and his family,” says Katrina Coleman. “From that day forward, I knew that I would be a nurse some day.”
Coleman not only achieved her goal, but became one of two employees of the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties to receive the 2012 Palmetto Gold Award.
Charlotte Wofford is the other local recipient of the award, which is given annually to only 100 of the approximately 64,000 registered nurses in South Carolina.
Presented by a coalition of South Carolina nursing organizations, the award honors registered nurses who exemplify excellence in practice and a commitment to the profession.
“RMC applauds our two nurses who earned the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award” in 2012, said Sonya Ehrhardt, director of Nurse Utilization & Clinical Administration at the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties.
“We would also like to thank all of our nurses for delivering high-quality care every day through knowledge, skill and compassion,” Ehrhardt added. “Our nurses make our hospital a better place for you and me.”
Coleman, an Orangeburg native, graduated from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s practical nursing program in1993 and received her associate degree in nursing in 2001. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2008 and her master’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2011.
Coleman was a staff critical care nurse for five years. She helped develop RMC’s peripherally inserted central catheter program and served as clinical coordinator for the department from 2008 until being named nurse director for the critical care units this year.
Coleman has national certifications in critical care and peripherally inserted central catheters and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Her husband, Robert, is also a nurse and teaches at South Carolina State University, and her daughter, Skyler, is a senior nursing student at OCtech.
Wofford, also a native of Orangeburg, has been employed at RMC since 1979. In 2004 she became the unit based educator for Her Place, RMC’s inpatient obstetrical unit, and coordinates and monitors orientation for new employees. She has been instrumental in the development of patient-focused programs including discharge teaching for new mothers and their babies, the Forget-Me-Not Program for infant/fetal loss, and pre-conception health plans for patients prior to discharge from RMC.
Wofford graduated from the Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
She is nationally certified in inpatient obstetric care and is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Nursing is a family tradition for Wofford.
“My grandmother, Curtis Aletha Carter, was a nurse, and I always enjoyed playing with her instruments when I stayed with her,” Wofford said. “In fact, my grandmother and my great-aunt were the first two nursing graduates from the Orangeburg Hospital School of training for nurses in 1923,” Wofford noted.
Her husband, Bob, is also a native of Orangeburg; they have two children, Mollie Beth and Will.