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From the first contraction to the baby's first breath, Winnie Palmer Hospital is honored to be a part of your birth story, and we recognize the greatest role in your labor, delivery and recovery often come from our team of nurses who are here to coach, encourage and guide you along the way.
Our Honors and Recognitions
You can be assured of the high quality of care in a hospital that meets the gold standard in nursing: The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program is awarded for superior quality in nursing care. Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which is comprised of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, has joined the ranks of fewer than 400 out of a potential 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations to be recognized with this honor.
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare. Perinatal care includes the time shortly before and after delivery. Winnie Palmer Hospital is the first facility in Orlando with this designation, and joins a list of more than 30 hospitals in the country.
When you pick Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, you’re choosing experience and care that’s focused on you and your infant. We’re proud to help more than 14,000 babies come into this world each year. And for those infants who need extra care, our hospital boasts one of the nation’s most experienced and successful neonatal intensive care units (NICU).
A nurse encompasses many roles. To our patients, we’re counselors, friends, healers, spiritual support, dietitians, pharmacists, cheerleaders — I’m never bored, and I’m still connected to several patients that have stuck with me over the years. Being able to be a part of the most important time in a woman’s life is what motivates me. Many facilities have excellent birthing departments, but very few have 100 percent of their services dedicated to women and newborns. That’s what makes working at Winnie so special.
As a new RN, I had a patient with no family or support. I became her nurse, friend and coach. She grew more confident as I encouraged her and held her hand. I helped her through each step until she was holding her baby in her arms. Crying, she said “thank you, Beth. I couldn’t have done it without you.” With tears in my eyes I said “this is why I love my job. It is truly my pleasure.
A friend and I celebrated our 40th and 41st work anniversaries, and had a patient who was a nurse, herself. Her mom (also a nurse) arrived and she told her about the two nurses celebrating, mentioning my name. Surprised, her mom asked what I looked like — Barby was the name of who helped deliver her, years ago. It turns out I was there for another generation of nurses at Winnie Palmer. I was so proud someone remembered me after 25 years.
I get to empower women and witness miracles every day. One first-time mom I’ll never forget was pushing for a while. I coached her through the process and when she finally delivered, I got to be the one to hand her baby to her. I’ll never forget the look on her face after working so hard. I get to go home feeling like I made a positive impact on a new family’s life, and there is nothing more satisfying to me.
It’s important to me to care for my patients the way I’d want my family taken care of. I had a 20-year-old mom of twins who was very nervous. We held hands during epidural placement and chatted about her family, service in the military, anything to get her mind off what was happening. She even asked me to stay with her as her babies were born. I leave every day exhausted but fulfilled knowing I made a difference.