Bartow Regional Medical Center Names Nurses of Excellence

From left: Cheryl Noay, Kaitlon Crum, Hannah Filyaw, Mynita Hudson, Sonya Nolin, and Elisabeth Lacey.


BARTOW, FLA – Bartow Regional Medical Center (BRMC) recently honored seven exceptional nurses as part of their Nurses’ Week celebration.  These unit-based Nurse of the Year honorees were selected by their peers from patient care units & services across the BayCare facility. The BRMC Professional Practice Council, comprised of staff nurses from all clinical areas, then selected one overall Nurse of Excellence from the group of unit winners. 

Nominations for these awards are based on how each nurse supports excellence in nursing practice while consistently demonstrating the BayCare values of trust, respect, dignity, responsibility, and excellence.     

The 2024 Unit Nurses of the Year selected for Bartow Regional Medical Center are:

  • Sonya Nolin, Surgical Services
  • Kaitlon Crum, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Unit
  • Mynita Hudson, Cardiovascular Telemetry
  • Stephanie Graves, Emergency Department
  • Hannah Filyaw, Intensive Care Unit
  • Cheryl Noay, Cardiovascular Interventional Services
  • Elisabeth Lacey, Care Coordination

Hannah Filyaw, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), was named the 2024 BRMC Nurse of Excellence. Hannah joined the Bartow family in 2019 as a Nurse Tech in the ICU, while a nursing student at Polk State College.  She graduated in 2020 and continued her education there, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2021. 

When asked about her motivation to become a nurse, Hannah shared, “I always felt drawn to the medical field but never understood why.” But she applied for nursing school, was accepted and her connection to the field began to feel natural. “I was the person who told my dad he had cancer when the care team did not explain what an adenocarcinoma was. I was the person who explained treatments, who sat at his side after each of his surgeries, walked with him in the halls, and asked all the questions my mom didn’t know to ask. It wasn’t until then, that I knew why I was a nurse – to be the advocate for the unspoken, to be someone’s safe place, and to be someone my patients could place their trust in.”

Hannah’s teammates said of her: “Hannah is a great team player and a great source of information for new employees. I am constantly learning from her … Hannah always treats her patients with the greatest care and respect. … She is the type of nurse I would want for myself or my family.”

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