Story by: Tracy Keller on February 24, 2021
A social worker at Norton Children’s Hospital’s emergency department and an oncology nurse at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro have been nominated for the YMCA of Greater Louisville’s Black Achievers Awards to be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 27.
Jordan Blaine, social worker, emergency department, Norton Children’s Hospital, is focused on navigating and eliminating social injustices, including racial disparities in health care. As a social worker at Norton Children’s Hospital, he works closely with patients, families and staff. While he recognizes the differences in their experiences, he also understands how we all share the need for respect, validation and security.
“Our staff and families come from all walks of life, and I will continue to cultivate an atmosphere of tolerance and respect,” Jordan said.
According to Annette Carlisle-Spotts, manager of care management at Norton Children’s Hospital, Jordan is an advocate for patients and is able to navigate the fast-paced flow of the emergency department.
“Jordan consistently demonstrates resilient compassion, excellent critical thinking and a drive to do the right thing for patients and families, even when it challenges the systems in which he operates,” said Casey Newman, social worker in care management at Norton Children’s Hospital.
“Jordan is willing to go the extra mile to ensure our patients and families have the support needed during times of crisis, and is knowledgeable of community resources to connect patients and their families,” said Chelsea Buckwalter, social worker in care management at Norton Children’s Hospital.
Jordan is proud to serve as a role model and mentor at work, as well as at home with his young daughter.
“Oftentimes, I’m reminded that one must be the change they seek in the world and that each day is an opportunity to improve the lives of those around me,” Jordan said.
Jordan is honored to be nominated as a Black Achiever. He is most proud to share the news of this recognition with his daughter.
“More than anything, I want my daughter to be proud of me and be proud of her heritage,” Jordan said. “I am, she is, we are greatness.”
Jordan graduated from the University of Louisville in 2018 with master’s degrees in social work and bioethics.
Myra Wiley, R.N., Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro, enrolled in the Black Achievers program as a freshman at Southern High School. Through the program, she was exposed to the nursing profession and realized her passion for caring for people. Through the Black Achievers, she earned a college scholarship and attended Spalding University in Louisville, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2008.
Myra joined Norton Healthcare in 2005 as a certified nursing assistant. She now works at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro as an assistant nurse manager. She is active in her church and community.
Myra “has a servant’s heart and displays this by always going over and beyond to ensure patients receive the best care and experience possible,” said Lisa Coleman, R.N., nurse manager at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro. “Her positive attitude and spirit are immeasurable, and her passion to encourage others goes beyond merit.”
She’s driven by “knowing my work is impacting someone in a positive way to hopefully put them on a path to a better quality of life,” Myra said.
Myra is proud of her past with the Black Achievers program and recognizes this designation as a full-circle moment for herself.
The nomination “makes me feel proud and tearful,” Myra said. “Being a Black Achiever alumna, the values I learned going through the program have carried me through life and have shaped my character into the woman and professional I am today. For Norton Healthcare to recognize me for this and not know I am a product of this program gives me an overwhelming feeling.”
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