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Perham Health leaders win awards from Sanford

Two Perham Health Clinic employees were recognized for their contributions to the nursing profession by Sanford Health at its May 9 awards ceremony.

Prior to the event, Sanford employees were invited to submit nominations for nurses they felt were deserving of special recognition. From the more than 160 nominations received, a Sanford committee selected which nurses would be recognized at this year’s event.

Beth Ulschmid, Perham Health Director of Clinic Operations, and Jean Tobkin, a Registered Nurse Clinic Supervisor for Perham Health Clinic, were chosen.

Ulschmid was awarded the Friend of Nursing Award, given to individuals who support the nursing profession through their work. Ulschmid has worked at Sanford since 1996 and oversees the clinic operations for the Perham Health clinics in Perham, New York Mills and Ottertail as well as the Sanford clinics in Hawley and Ulen.

Tobkin was honored with the Florence Nightingale Award. This award honors nurses who encompass the image and reputation of Sanford Nursing.

Tobkin received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Mary  in Bismarck, N.D. As the Registered Nurse Clinical Supervisor, she oversees 19 nurses at the Perham clinic, as well as manages INR (International Normalized Ratio) patients and IV therapy. Tobkin has been at Sanford since 2006.

“Everyone at Perham Health is very proud of Beth and Jean in receiving these awards,” remarked Dr. Mark Paulson, Perham Health physician and Department Chair for Sanford Health. “We are not surprised they were honored because we have the privilege of working with them every day and know how special they are. It is a great occasion when one of our own is recognized with such an honor, but to have two at the same time is truly amazing. Our congratulations go out to Beth and Jean.”

In addition to the Friend of Nursing Award and the Florence Nightingale Award, Sanford recognizes individuals in these categories:

-Star of Nursing Award: Given to nurses in their first two years of practice who show promise as a nurse through their passion and leadership.

-Lamp of Knowledge Award: Given to nurses who value education – both for themselves and teaching those around them.

-Community Service Award: Honors nurses who are making a positive difference in the community.

-Innovation Award: Honors nurses who are working toward the future with improvements and new ideas.

-Evelyn Quigley Spirit of Nursing Award: Honors a nurse who has contributed significantly throughout their nursing career to the art and science of nursing.