Dream House hosts health conference panel

ATLANTA - Instructors from Snellville-based Dream House for Medically Fragile Children facilitated a workshop on caring for a child with asthma at the National Foster Parent Association's 38th Annual Education Conference held recently in Atlanta.

The conference was held in collaboration with the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia.

Officials said when fostering, many families face managing a child's care whose health care requirements exceed their skill levels. Typically when this happens, the foster placement is terminated within a short time, causing that child to move from one foster home to another. For any child with sustained health concerns, the instability of constant change exacerbates the condition, resulting in more doctor visits or hospital admissions, extraordinary health care expenses and a child denied the opportunity to thrive in a stable, home environment.

Gwinnett Medical nurses honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett Medical Center nurses have been named the facility's Nurse of the Year.

Stephanie Moore, RN, ICU, is the Nurse of the Year recipient for GMC, and Tina Foxworth, RN, ICU, is the recipient for GMC - Duluth.

The nurses were nominated by their peers for their work performance, patient care and involvement in the hospital.

Moore has been at GMC since 1998, working as a staff nurse and shift supervisor in the Intensive Care Unit. She recently went back to nursing school to get her master's degree as a nurse practitioner. Her involvement around campus includes serving as committee chair for the multi-disciplinary trauma care committee, co-chair for the injury prevention committee, pain committee member, clinical practice committee for ICU and also participates in community service projects for hospital patients and families.

Foxworth, a Gwinnett County native, started as an LPN in 1989 on the medical surgical unit at the former Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital. A few years later, she returned to school and became an RN. She serves as a preceptor for new nurses and as a charge nurse for the unit. She has been involved in Gwinnett Medical Center by training peers for unit based education projects and filling in as a supervisor.