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Barnesville Hospital Honors Employee as Dyckes Healthcare Worker of Year Nominee

Bridget DeLaney, Social Worker at Barnesville Hospital, was recently nominated for the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) 2012 Albert E. Dyckes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award. Sixty-two nominees, including DeLaney, from hospitals across the state were recognized at the 2012 OHA recognition banquet June 12.

Created in 1996, the Albert E. Dyckes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award is given each year to one Ohio caregiver who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohios health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty, and gives back to the community. According to Cynthia Touvelle, R.N., B.S.N,, Chief Nursing Officer, Bridget is an inspiration to all with her dedication to patients, her tenacity to getting a job done, and her compassion. She always finds time to encourage and motivate others.

For Bridget, she was raised in an environment of helping others. Her mother, Ruth Anderson, has served as the Director of Volunteers at Barnesville Hospital for 35 years. As I was growing up, Mom was always helping people and I wanted to be like her, says Mrs. DeLaney. I personally believe God has a plan for all of us and he brings certain people/circumstances into our lives for a reason. I honestly feel blessed to have figured out what my purpose is. Being a Social Worker isnt just a job, it is who I am.

DeLaney received a Bachelors in Social Work from Ohio University and became a licensed social worker in 1990. She spent one year working with Childrens Services and 14 years in the Ohio Youth Advocacy program, while working part-time at a nursing home. Employed at Barnesville Hospital since 2003, Bridget was voted 2005 Employee of the Year by her peers.

When asked about her most gratifying healthcare experience, Mrs. DeLaney, without hesitation says, Being able to sit with a dying patient, while her elderly sisters went home to rest, and honestly being able to reassure them that she would be taken care of.

Bridget and her husband, John, have been married 22 years. They have two children, Brennan who is attending Kent State University and Jenny who will be in the sixth grade at Barnesville Middle School. Mrs. DeLaney volunteers for various school and sports functions as well as the East Richland Friends Church in St. Clairsville where she is a member.