Kathleen Taylor began her professional career as a science teacher, then became a registered nurse in 1990. During her career, she has taught diversified health classes at Southern Hills Joint Vocational School, worked in ICU, and medical surgery.
For the past 19 years she has been a home health nurse at Highland District Hospital, providing care to patients in their homes. She has been an Oasis coordinator for the last six years. Turner reviews data sets to maximize clinical assessment and enhance patient outcomes. She assists the clinical staff with patient assessments through focused and specialized review and developing a patient-specific care plan that includes interventions and tools used to accomplish measurable goals and outcomes.
Turner volunteers for services and programs that benefit the community and those dear to her patients. She has helped raise money for awareness of Alzheimer’s and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and has put together food baskets for those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Turner has held the hand of dying patients and helped family members through the difficult times of a death. On an Easter Sunday, she and a fellow nurse went to the home after a death to prepare the body for the family to see before the funeral home arrived. She truly cares about her patients and their families.
“Kathleen continually goes above and beyond for her patients and her community. She is one of the most honest, hard-working, committed people I have had the privilege of working with,” said Hazel Smith, Home Health manager.
For these reasons, Turner was nominated for the Home Care and Hospice Excellence Award.
The staff of Highland District Hospital would like to congratulate Turner on her nomination and are proud that she is a member of the HDH team.
Highland District Hospital’s Home Health is ranked in the top 5 percent nationally by HomeCare Elite.
If you or someone you know would benefit from home health, call 937-393-6371.
Submitted by Melanie Phillips of Highland District Hospital.