Lubbock Heart Hospital this evening announced their 2012 Nurse of the Year. Kristen Martin, BSN, RN, Cardiac Critical Care Unit Charge Nurse, received the award among LHH's nine finalists.

Martin is a graduate of Sweetwater High School and she received her BSN degree from the Texas Tech School of Nursing in 2003. She started her nursing career here at Lubbock Heart Hospital in 2006.

“I am so honored to receive the LHH Nurse of the Year Award. I would like to thank my team members in CCCU and those who nominated me,” Kristen stated.

Jeannie Bennett, Director of CCCU/ER, said, “Kristen is a wonderful person and has helped pull everyone together as a team in CCCU. She is a great nurse and very dedicated to all the patients she cares for. She is a very good leader.”

The list of finalists for LHH's Nurse of the Year Award include:

Ricardo Marquez - CCCU

Teresa McIntire - CCCU

Barbara Herman - Coordinator Infection Prevention

Mary Amador - Short Stay

Brandi Booher - AC Charge Nurse

James Hitt - Surgery

Terry Purcell - AC

Kristen Martin - CCCU Charge Nurse

Cynthia Valentini - Director of Quality and Education