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Memorial Hospital Nurse receives recognition at National Magnet Conference

BELLEVILLE — Janice Walton, BSN, RN, CGRN, received the 2014 Jeanne M. Floyd Award for Outstanding Paper on Fecal Transplant Protocol at the American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference® held this fall in Dallas, Texas.

“I am so proud of the work that Janice has done on the fecal transplant protocol. This award validates a commitment to provide patients with the best outcomes, said Nancy Weston, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Memorial. “I want to extend my congratulations to Janice for representing Memorial’s nursing division so well at the Magnet Conference.”

Since 2009, The Gastroenterology/Endoscopy Center at Memorial has used fecal transplant as a method for effectively treating patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile (C diff ) and the debilitating symptoms associated with this disease, which often occurs as a result of antibiotic treatment for a separate condition. During the Magnet redesignation in 2013, Memorial’s fecal transplant protocol was recognized as exemplary, and Walton was invited by ANCC to make a presentation.

“I was honored to be asked by ANCC to present at the Magnet Conference,” said Walton, who has worked at Memorial since 2000, and in the GI Lab since 2004. “The biggest reward is the patient outcomes, which have a high success rate.”

Walton has been a part of the team providing this treatment option since the very beginning.
Introducing healthy feces into the patient’s colon through stool transplant (also called fecal bacteriotherapy) restores the balance of good and bad bacteria in the colon and intestines. Recovery time is quick, and treatment can bring relief in as little as 24 hours.

The Gastroenterology/Endoscopy Center at Memorial is accredited by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , a leading gastrointestinal medical society. As home to the latest and most advanced gastroenterology/endoscopy center in the Metro East, Memorial Hospital continually invests in technology to provide physicians and their patients with the latest diagnostic and treatment services.

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