Bayhealth announced Intensive Care Unit Night Shift Clinical Coordinator Twinez Thompson and 1A Night Shift Clinical Coordinator Glenda Delacruz as the Nurses of the Year for Bayhealth Milford Memorial and Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus.

Thompson’s nominator believed she is a role model for nurses in how she approaches her work with energy, ethical standards and integrity. Thompson’s character was seen during a fire earlier this year at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Patients were taken to the ICU during the fire resulting in 28 patients on the unit. Thompson took down names, joked around with patients to ease stress and made sure everyone was comfortable.

“I love my coworkers and the patients,” Thompson said. “Knowing I’m working with patients in critical conditions, I work hard to help turn things around by the end of my shift. I like making a difference in people’s lives.”

Delacruz is driven to improve the health of not only patients she cares for at the hospital but the health of members of the Bayhealth community, according to her nominator. Delacruz has worked for Bayhealth for 17 years and loves the profession of nursing and caring for other people.

“I love collaborating, relating and talking to patients. I love my job, which is really important. You have to love your job and the people you work with,” Delacruz said. “Everything I do is an act of service to God, and I love making a difference in the lives of our patients. I feel so humbled and honored to receive this award.”

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