Lassila Recognized with Excellence in Nursing Award at UPHS-Portage

May 22, 2015

HANCOCK, Mich. – UP Health System - Portage named Stacey Lassila as the 2015 recipient of the Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in Nursing Award on Thursday (May 14) at the annual service awards ceremony. 

The award was founded in 2005 in honor of Gertrude Decker Hellman, who had been a patient at Portage. It’s presented each year to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in the provision of patient care. Patients and their family members nominate candidates for the award.

Lassila has previously worked in the clinic and PortagePointe before moving to her current position on med surgical and ICU. Paula Polso, the unit manager, presented Lassila with the award.

The Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in Nursing Award:

  • Exemplifies care in a compassionate and caring demeanor 
  • Consistently practices patient advocacy while demonstrating integrity in communications and actions 
  • Demonstrates excellent critical thinking skills 
  • Demonstrates teamwork and collaboration in addressing the health needs of the patient   

Previous award winners are Kristina Huhta, RN (2014), Joy Dennis, RN (2013), Cindy Ransom, RN (2012), Ann Brotherton, RN (2011), Debra Maki, RN (2010), Carol Vater, RN (2009), Elizabethe Gilreath, RN (2008), Anne Lett, RN (2007), Pat Corrigan, RN (2006) and Sally Smith, RN (2005).

Also at Thursday’s service award ceremony 53 members of UPHS-Portage’s staff were recognized for their years of service. Those recognized were celebrating their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th or 40th anniversary with UPHS-Portage. They have a combined 925 years of experience. The longest-serving member of the group is Paul Peterson, a pharmacist in the Apothecary, who has been with Portage for 40 years.

Comments from the nursing supervisors: 

I've had the pleasure of working with Stacey Lassila for about three years now. She is the highest senior ICU RN on nights. She excels at all aspects of patient care, and is extremely conscientious. Stacey has excellent assessment and critical thinking skills, and at the same time provides compassionate, patient-coordinated care while following facility standards and protocols.  

With our current staffing guidelines, Stacey spends a lot of time as 'float' to med/surg. She is extremely versatile as she embraces this role without complaint and performs duties above and beyond expectations in helping out her coworkers in any way she can. I have never had a complaint about Stacey from either a patient or coworker. 

I have had the privilege to know and work with Stacey for the last four years here at UP Health System - Portage. I have learned much about critical thinking, time management and quick decision making from the example she sets every shift. She is a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable nurse who always puts the needs or her patient first. She handles difficult ethical and clinical situations with poise and confidence, with exceptional clinical skills to compliment. She is the definition of a team player. Her fellow staff members compliment regularly on her work ethic and willingness to jump in and get the job done. Her upbeat and positive attitude is infectious and keeps the moral high on every shift she works. I could not think of another nurse that would be more deserving of this award.