BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A St. Vincent’s Medical Center nurse described as the type of employee who “goes above and beyond what is required for her patients,” is to be recognized as a Connecticut Hospital Association Healthcare Hero.
Sherri Roller, RN, MSN, a staff nurse in St. Vincent’s Family Birthing Center, is to receive the honor on Tuesday, June 28.
Roller, a Shelton resident, has a reputation as someone who goes the extra mile.
As a labor and delivery nurse, she has, on numerous occasions, purchased diapers, baby clothes and car seats for families in need, according to hospital officials.
In one instance, when a young woman with no family ended up needing to stay in the hospital on her 18th birthday, Roller bought balloons, flowers and a cake to make the woman’s day special, according to officials.
It was the events of October 2015, however, that sealed her position as a “hero,” according to officials.
Roller was driving to work one morning when she was passed by an “erratic driver,” according to the statement.
The driver turned and stuck a pedestrian, who “went flying into the air.”
Roller stopped at the scene and worked on the victim, jumping in without medical supplies to aid with the man’s head injuries.
The nurse then continued to the hospital, where she worked her regularly scheduled shift.
When her shift concluded, after checking on the man throughout the day, Roller went to the hospital’s gift shop and purchased him a teddy bear.
He greeted her in the Intensive Care Unit with a high five.
Roller began her career at St. Vincent's 10 years ago as a secretary in the birthing and maternity unit. Today, she holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing and teaches clinical rotations to students from Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac universities, according to officials.
The Connecticut Hospital Association’s Healthcare Hero Award was developed in 2002 to “celebrate invaluable contributions of healthcare workers, both to their field and to the community at large,” according to officials. The award has become a highlight of the association’s annual meeting.
St. Vincent’s is a medical facility is a member of Ascension, the country’s largest Catholic nonprofit healthcare system, according to officials. The hospital has consistently been ranked among the best by U.S. New & World Report and has been awarded Nursing Magnet Recognition.
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