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Good Samaritan clinic honors nurses of year

Some 350 guests attended the 2014 Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco Nurses Gala banquet to see who won top awards.

A total of 19 nominees were showcased and a Nurse of the Year was revealed from each local hospital, according to Melissa Fahy, CEO of the clinic.

Registered nurse Dina Arata of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, in Tarpon Springs, earned the top honor.

The Medical Center of Trinity Award went to registered nurse Girlie Garnada.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital was represented by registered nurse Amy Moreland.

Registered nurse George Eaton earned the main award among Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point nominees.

The People’s Choice Award went to Alice Donovan, a licensed practical nurse at Bayonet Point Health and Rehab.

In addition, the clinic recognized the oldest nurse in West Pasco. The Nursing Tribute Award went to Eva Robinson, who also celebrated her 100th birthday. She lives at Regency Residence, an independent living facility.

Held during National Nurse Appreciation Week, the gala is the signature fundraiser for the clinic, which provides free health care to the medically indigent.

“To all the nurses out there, thank you for your journey in mending the fallen, the broken and the sick,” Fahy said in a press release. “Most of you know nursing to be a science but nursing is truly an art. It is the ability to blend the color, vision, intelligence, passion, patients and compassion on the canvas of the life cycle.”

To learn more about the clinic contact Fahy at (727) 848-7789 or go to

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