Health Carousel is proud to announce that our very own Donita Ross, Director of Nursing/Quality Improvement is a winner of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Health Care Heroes award in 2020! The Health Care Heroes program honors workers that go above and beyond the call of duty every day. There are six categories that honorees can be nominated for and Donita was selected in the Manager category. A final winner will be chosen from among the four finalists at the banquet dinner on March 18th. Donita is extremely humbled and proud to be nominated. One of Donita’s favorite parts of being in leadership is seeing her team have success, multiple people on her team received awards this past year. Donita gets satisfaction from her team being successful and is always willing to step in and provide support.
Donita knew she wanted to be a nurse from a very early age. When she was 12, her great grandmother was hospitalized for a couple weeks. When she was visiting her in the hospital she noted the doctor would only be there for a few minutes each day, but she saw the impact the nurses had on her great grandmother and the pivotal role they played in her recovery. It was in those moments; she knew her calling was to be a nurse. Donita began her professional career at Bethesda North in 1988. She started in Med-Surg and Critical Care before moving to Perioperative Services; which is where she had her epiphany. She could only take care of a small group of patients per shift but if she could support multiple nurses as a manager, she could touch the lives of many more patients and further impact healthcare. Donita knew she would need to further her education if she wanted to become a manager and achieved her BSN in 2008 and her MSN in 2015. Her master’s degree expanded her global view and inspired her to branch out and do more outside the four walls of an acute care organization.
In 2017, Donita joined Health Carousel, the company’s mission aligned perfectly with her passions – improving lives and making health care work better. Working at Health Carousel she has a direct impact on over 2,000 nurses all over the world, both domestic and international. For many of the international nurses Donita gets to help them achieve the American Dream! None of these things would be possible without the influence of several incredibly talented mentors in her career: Judy Staley and Sherri Ahaus during her time at Bethesda North and Earl Dalton, CNO at Health Carousel. Donita is grateful for the love and support of her family, especially her husband who sacrificed so much she could pursue her dreams. Donita also has 3 boys and a 2-year old grandson who keep her busy outside of work! Congratulations, Donita!
For more information on this prestigious award, you can also visit the Cincinnati Business Courier’s announcement.