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Butler Hospital Presents 2011 Clare Sullivan, RN Award for Leadership in Compassionate Care
02/07/2012

Bethany Williamson, RN, is the 2011 recipient of the Clare Sullivan, RN Award for Leadership in Compassionate Care from Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. An evening nurse on Butler Hospital’s Intensive Treatment Unity (ITU), Williamson exemplifies everything that represents compassionate care at Butler.

Williamson was nominated for the award by her colleagues who attest to the many ways in which she demonstrates adherence to Butler’s service standards, leads others in achieving a higher level of patient satisfaction, and strives for professional growth and development for both herself and others. 

“With Bethany, there is a consistent sensitivity to patients’ needs and concerns,” says Joanne Matthew, nurse manager of the ITU. “Her insight into difficult situations is so valuable.” With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a nursing degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, Williamson went from being a committed student to a great teacher. Recently, Williamson’s leadership skills earned her a place in Butler Hospital’s Leadership Development Seminar class of 2012.

Williamson is always able to maintain a sense of objectivity and open-mindedness when assessing patients and teaches newer staff to do the same. “Bethany has great patience teaching,” says Vice President of Patient Care Services Linda Damon, “and will take the time to explain things until others fully understand them.”

Williamson was recognized for receiving The Clare Sullivan, RN Award for Leadership in Compassionate Care on January 17, 2012, at the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting of the Corporation at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. Learn more about the Butler Hospital Annual Meeting through the 2011 web-based annual report.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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