Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) ispleased to announce Susan Matthews, MBA/HCM, MSN, RN, CGRN, as the recipient ofthe International Award for Nursing Excellence in Leadership from the SigmaTheta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Xi Zeta Chapter at NichollsState University.

Matthews is the Nurse Director in theadvanced Ambulatory Services and the state-of-the-art Post-Anesthesia Care Unit(PACU) at TGMC. She is responsible for TGMC’s Outpatient Pavilion, two PACUunits, two Endoscopy service units, the Infusion Center, Inpatient Holding,Hemo-dialysis, and Outpatient Wound Care. During her 28-year career at TGMC,Matthews has worked as a nurse extern, a staff registered nurse in endoscopy, acharge nurse in endoscopy, and the Clinical Coordinator of Ambulatory Services,before moving to her current position. She is certified in Basic Life Support(BLS), a certified Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor, and hasbeen a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse since 1996. Matthews is alsoa member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), theAmerican Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), the Infusion Nurse Society(INS), and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCNS).

Sigma Theta Tau is an internationalorganization devoted to advancing world health and celebrating nursingexcellence in scholarship, leadership and service. The founders chose the namefrom the Greek words “Storgé,” “Tharsos,”and “Timé,” meaning“love,” “courage,” and “honor.” The organization now has more than 135,000active members, residing in more than 85 countries.

Sigma Theta Tau’s International Awards forNursing Excellence are based on the society’s dedication to fostering highprofessional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developingleadership and encouraging creative work. Awards are presented to nurses everytwo years for contributions in the fields of technology, media, chapterexcellence, research, leadership and practice.

This year, Matthews earned this prestigiousleadership award from the Xi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at Nicholls StateUniversity. This award honors those registered nurses who receive local,national, and international recognition as a nursing leader in education,practice, administration and research; influences leadership in nursing throughvisionary and innovative approaches to leadership; creates an environment thatenhances the image of nursing; and participates in the development of nursingleaders.

“We are very proud to have people like Susanon our team,” Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO of Terrebonne General MedicalCenter, said. “Her advanced skills, experience and leadership in nursing showthat not only does she help to provide exceptional healthcare with compassionto our patients today, but also that we will continue to live up to thatstandard in the future.”


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