2012 Top National Winner, Licensed Practical Nurse

Banner Estrella Medical Center oncology nurse wins national Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award

Korinne Ashlock, a Phoenix-area licensed practical nurse (LPN) with Banner Estrella Medical Center, is a winner of the 10th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award.  Korinne is among five healthcare professionals across the country to be named an award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others. Korinne is a national Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award winner in the LPN category.

The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recognizes the significant contribution of these professionals to today’s society, while reinforcing the vital role of these professions in keeping Americans healthy. From staging the largest bone marrow drive in the state to rushing to the scene of a fire after a long day of work, the winners were selected for going above and beyond their job descriptions to selflessly serve others in a way truly inspiring to their peers.

Korinne, who works in the oncology unit of Banner, had a young, Hispanic patient with leukemia who was unable to find a bone marrow match among his family.  Korinne helped organize and execute the first bone marrow drive at the hospital, resulting in the largest turnout in the state for that year with more than 700 people, including many Hispanics, responding. As a result of the drive, her patient and seven others received a match and subsequent bone marrow transplants. Korinne also stayed with the young man throughout his transplant and rushed to his side from her vacation when he became ill, supporting him and his family during his final hours. Her connection to the young man and the impact he had on the bone marrow drive inspired her to form a team in his name and raise $12,000 for Light the Night, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s walk in 2010 and $8,000 in 2011. She did all of this while proving exemplary and passionate care for all of her patients and raising four children, including three-year-old triplets.

“As an oncology nurse, I like my work because every day I have a chance to impact someone’s life during what is most likely the worst situation they will have to face,” Korinne said. “Most of the patients I care for have been taken hostage by a diagnosis of cancer and are in the fight of their lives. I get to walk alongside them during their battle and encourage them and share hope with them.”

The 2012 winners of the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award were announced in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. More than 10,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated since the inception of the award.  The award honors winners in categories including: Registered Nurses, Advance Practice Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses/Licensed Vocational Nurses, students enrolled in nursing schools, and other non-physician healthcare professionals. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients.

The grand prize winner in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two, and all other winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2013 medical conference of their choice in the continental US.  All winners will receive a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear, a value of $1,000; a crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy; a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin; a year’s subscription to Scrubs, the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.

Additionally, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1 for each nomination received during the 2012 nomination period to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing hardships.

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Korinne Ashlock

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