At a Nurse Year in Review gala event held during National Nurses Week, Sarah Davison, RN, Suman Pasupuleti, MD, Cassandra Hughes, RN, Paige Varn, RN and Wendy McKenzie were named Nurse of the Year, Physician of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, New Nurse of the Year and CNA of the Year, respectively.

Sarah Davison, RN

An 11 year employee is a registered nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab, where a team of physicians and nurses perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. Davison joined Citrus Memorial Hospital in 2007 as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room. She was nominated for the Nurse of the Year honor by Citrus Memorial Hospital’s medical staff.

Dr. Suman Pasupuleti,

An interventional cardiologist, was nominated by the hospital’s nursing staff. Pasupuleti is a practicing physician at Citrus Cardiology and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, cardiac rhythm device therapy and a diplomate of the certification board of nuclear cardiology. He earned his medical degree at Gandhi Medical College before completing both an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular diseases fellowship at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Additionally, he completed a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Cassandra Hughes, RN

Joined the Citrus Memorial Hospital team in December 2016 and serves as the manager of the hospital’s surgical services department, where staff perform a variety of procedures including orthopedic, general, ophthalmological, gynecological and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgeries. As the unit’s leader her primary focus is on improvement of employee and patient satisfaction.

Paige Varn, RN

Has worked on the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit since October 2017. As a new graduate from Rasmussen College, Paige immediately stood out to patients, staff and physicians as a nurse who provides unwavering care and respect for all.

Wendy McKenzie

Is a Certified Nursing Assistant on the hospital’s Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit where she assists with patients who have either medical or surgical cardiac care needs. McKenzie joined Citrus Memorial Hospital in 2010.

Nominations were accepted and winners chosen based on four criteria:

  1. Works to provide care through collaboration with physicians and staff by committing to an environment of mutual respect and support.
  2. Provides quality care while expanding knowledge-base through continuing education, involvement in professional organizations and hospital committees. Teaches others when the opportunity arises.
  3. Demonstrates compassion and volunteers to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
  4. Has a zest and persistence to improve care that is delivered at Citrus Memorial Hospital and encourages others to do the same.