Excela Square at Norwin nurse honored
As a 10th-grade student at Yough Senior High School near Herminie, Diane Montini volunteered as a candy striper at the former Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg before pursuing her dream to become a nurse.
The dedication that Montini, a registered nurse at Excela Health's Excela Square at Norwin, has brought to her profession was recognized recently at the Cameos of Caring awards at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
Montini, 56. of North Huntingdon, represented the ambulatory care setting in the award ceremony.
“I always keep in mind to conduct myself in a calm, confident and respectful way toward patients and families. I feel this is a way to create a positive feeling toward nursing and our health system,” Montini said.
The Cameos of Caring Awards were created by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 1999 to celebrate exceptional caregivers across several medical disciplines. Individuals recognized within the specialty categories are nominated by their facility, then designated committees select a limited number of award recipients.
The award is given to nurses who demonstrate a commitment to consistent, proactive clinical decision-making and excellence in nursing care; serve as an advocate for patients and their families; and serve as a role model — encouraging and motivating other health care professionals, Pitt's nursing school said.
Montini graduated from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1981 and then worked in medical/surgical and emergency nursing at what is now Excela Westmoreland Hospital, part of Excela Health.
Montini later provided critical care and then home care before moving to outpatient surgery and the endoscopy lab in the surgery center at North Huntingdon's Excela Square at Norwin.
“All over 36 years, with one employer,” Montini said.
Her home care experiences are among her most treasured because of the strong nurse-patient bond. She remembered helping a mother near the end of life prepare for her daughter's high school graduation. While the patient would pass away days later, “she taught me how important hope was,” Montini said.
She was recognized as an Excela Health's Employee of the Month and is a brand ambassador, promoting the health system and its service among patients and staff via social media.