CARING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER TOMORROW
100.1 WJRZ's Nurses/Hospital Week is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the hardworking men and women who take care of others in our community.
This is an opportunity to recognize unique and talented nurses for their unending dedication to the delivery of quality healthcare. Join us in recognition of these health service professionals!
TJ Bryan In The Morning broadcasts live:
Thursday, May 11th – 6AM-10:00AM
Southern Ocean Medical Center
Meet the Staff from Southern Ocean Medical Center and Hear the Interviews from the Broadcast:
Kelly Bogdany - CCU Nurse Manager
Kelly Bogdany graduated from the Ann May school of nursing with an Associate’s degree. She then completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing through Thomas Edison State University. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration. Kelly belongs to the NJ State Nursing Association and has a national certification.
She has worked for Meridian for 27 years in a myriad of positions such as Cardiac Care, Emergency Department, Perioperative Nursing, Neuro-Vascular, and now Critical Care. She’s been in a nursing leadership role as nurse manager for 16 years. Her true passion is paying it forward by mentoring new nurses and leaders.
She is on multiple committees at Southern Ocean Medical Center but her favorite is the Nurse Recognition Committee where she plans and recognizes the nursing team for their hard work and dedication.
Myrna began her nursing career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey where she worked as a staff nurse in medical-surgical intermediate care and later critical care. During her fifteen years with the organization she was promoted to Clinical Coordinator of the Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Manager of the Medical-Surgical Step Down Unit, Director of Nursing, Medical Surgical Services and finally, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Director of Clinical Programs, overseeing the neurology and pediatric service lines. Before joining the then Meridian Health family, Myrna worked at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York as the Director of Nursing at the Einstein Campus. In 2014, Myrna joined Southern Ocean Medical Center as the Chief Nurse Executive and today, Myrna proudly serves as the Chief Nurse Executive, Vice President of Nursing and Operations.
Myrna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Long Island University and Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Administration from Seton Hall University. She is currently enrolled in the PhD, Health Professions Leadership program at Seton Hall University. She maintains national certification as a Progressive Care Certified Nurse and the Nurse Executive Advanced, Board Certified credential. Myrna is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has served as the ACHE NJ Chapter Membership Chair, Second Member At Large and First Member At Large as well as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Northern New Jersey Chapter, Board Member, Secretary, President Elect and Past President.
Interview Coming Soon...
Kate Gunn, RN
Kate Gunn began her nursing career in 2012 as a nursing assistant. She graduated from Ocean Count College in 2013 and began working in SOMC’s medical surgical department a month later.
She served as part of the Magnet committee and was one of the Magnet escorts during the recent site visits. Kelly serves on multiple committees and is the co-chair for Unit Based Council of the 4 Medical Surgical department and the chair representative at professional practice council.
She is also a Pressure Ulcer Champion. (Pressure Ulcer prevention)
She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing through Walden University.
Kate is being awarded the 'The Florence Nightingale' award this year. She was nominated by her peers in the medical surgical department. She is also an award recipient at our weekly comments meeting for being mentioned in follow up patient calls.
Kate is the mother of five beautiful children.
Robert Adams, Jr., FACHE, is president of Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center. He was appointed to this position in September 2016, after serving as Chief Operating Officer for the medical center for nine months. He has had a long and very successful record of excellence within Hackensack Meridian Health, and works with the Southern Ocean Medical Center team to best position the medical center for the challenges that lie ahead in a dynamic and ever-changing health care environment.
Adams has been with Hackensack Meridian Health since 1992. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Operations at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for ten years. His experience includes managing 1,250 employees and a budget of $190 million with oversight in the areas of surgical services, the Emergency Department, imaging services and a variety of clinical and support services.
During his tenure as vice president, Adams led various teams focused on improving patient satisfaction, growing outpatient business, and implementing a surgical information system. He has played a critical role in countless projects, including the $300 million “Transforming Care” project that was completed in 2009 and the designation of being the first hospital in New Jersey to receive LEED Gold. Prior to becoming vice president, Adams held various hospital management positions.
Adams received a B.S. in Business Administration from Rider University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. He holds board certified in health care management status (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives, demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence. In 2010, Adams received the American College of Healthcare (ACHE) Executives Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of the goals of ACHE.