Bagrish2Naama Bagrish, Head Nurse of the Emergency Medicine Department, was recently awarded Yedioth Ahronoth’s Annual National Prize for Outstanding Worker in the field of Services.

Naama has more than 20 years of Emergency Room experience and manages a staff of 80. She begins her workday each morning at 5:50 AM by getting to know each patient in the emergency room and their specific needs. Naama shared, “As a nurse, I feel a sense of mission. Working in the ER is very fulfilling. I like the fast pace, the diversity of the patients and the staff. I like figuring out what is happening with each patient and providing each patient and their family with what they need.”

“Naama instills in her staff the vision of Nursing Management at Shaare Zedek,” the newspaper wrote, “To be professional and human and to stay close to the patient…Pleasant and lovely, she agreeably and modestly helps with everything and constantly emphasizes that an excellent manager cannot succeed without an excellent staff.”

At the award ceremony, President Ruvi Rivlin quoted Martin Luther King, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry…” President Rivlin shared, “Striving for excellence…is the desire to do as much as possible, to innovate, to create, develop, contribute to raise the bar and to set an example…”

Photos by Ohad Tzveigenberg/Yediot Aharonoth

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 This item appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Heartbeat, the bi-annual publication of The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center. To join our mailing list please send your email and address to national@acsz.org.