Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (SHHEC) recently honored Heike Wasden, RN, of the hospital’s IV therapy department with the 2019 Nurse Excellence Award in recognition of the exceptional care she provides to patients. Wasden has been a nurse for almost 40 years and has been with Sacred Heart Hospital since 2004. She was recognized for her long-time commitment to her nursing career, positive attitude and being an excellent example and mentor to others. A fellow associate said of Heike, “Her encouragement and support of all her co-workers has created an atmosphere of integrity, sympathy, and respect for each other. She is professional, exudes enthusiasm that is contagious and has deep insight into what it takes to be a compassionate and skillful nurse. She brings happiness, laughter and smiles to everyone she comes in contact with.” BJ Fontaine, vice president of nursing presented Heike with the award. Each year, fellow employees, physicians and patients submit recommendations of nurses for the Nurse Excellence Awards. Nurses are selected based on their commitment to criteria including leadership, community involvement and educational development.