Marcia Groton, MSN, RN, is the 2012 recipient of the Karen Spies Nursing Excellence Award. The Spies Award was established through a gift made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation to honor Karen Spies, RN, for her caring and professional service. Spies, who was a nurse in the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital and now works for a private physician practice, presented the award to Groton.
The Karen Spies Nursing Excellence Award is given out annually to recognize a Shore Health System nurse for extraordinary nursing research accomplishments. Groton received the award for her study “A Prospective Randomized Single-Blind Study Evaluating the Tolerability and Effectiveness of Colonoscopy Bowel Preparations.” The study, which started in 2009, aims to identify the best colonoscopy preparation products available.
“In order to have a good colonoscopy, you need to have a good preparation. The product we used for a very long time was no longer available so we needed to find a new one that was effective and that our patients tolerated well,” says Groton.
Groton, who joined Shore Health System in 2000, has worked in the Digestive Health Center since 2007.
“I’ve seen a lot of nurses who have done very valuable research studies win this award,” adds Groton. “I am very honored to be selected among them.”
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In photo: Marcia Groton, (second from right) is the winner of the 2012 Karen Spies Nursing Excellence Award. Pictured with Groton are (left to right) Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy for Shore Health System; Karen Spies, RN, for whom the award is named; and Pat O’Shea, Director of Development for Shore Health.