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Lauren Carroll receives 'Outstanding Young Leader' honor


Lauren Carroll, RN, BSN, Manager, Physicians Specialty Clinic, Fayette County Hospital, was named the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s 2015 ‘Outstanding Young Leader’ runner-up during ceremonies held November 11 at The Crowne Plaza, Springfield.

“ICAHN’s ‘Outstanding Young Leader’ award is granted to those role models, agents of change, and health innovators who not only shape policy but engage others in successful teamwork,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “Lauren is one of those people who shows great promise, and we are honored to give her this award.”

Ms. Carroll began working in 2012 as a staff nurse on Fayette County Hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit. Administration quickly realized she possessed valuable critical thinking skills and that she demonstrated innate leadership skills well beyond her years as a new RN.

“Lauren leads our Physicians Specialty Clinic by example and does not ask anyone to do anything she would not do herself. She works side by side with the physicians as a clinic RN and maintains her role as manager,” said Marci Barth, FCH Chief Nursing Officer. “She is patient-focused and is always looking for ways to ‘raise the bar’ on the services, not only of the Physicians Specialty Clinic, but any service provided by our hospital.”

By making the center of her work all about the patients, Lauren has significantly helped to increase the number of clinic visits in the last year. Nominated by two patients, Lauren was also the first-ever recipient of FCH’s DAISY Award. The DAISY Award honors extraordinary nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care and are recognized as outstanding role models in their nursing community.

Lauren completed her BSN degree from Indiana Wesleyan University this past spring. She is also an active member of FCH’s Nursing Shared Governance Coordinating Council.

Lauren is pictured with Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality. Luke McDaniel, Quality Analyst, Fairfield Memorial Hospital, won the '2015 Outstanding Young Leader' Award, and Craig Hitchens, RN, MSN, House Supervisor, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital was also named a runner-up with Lauren.