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Miami Valley Hospital RN Recognized as 2006 Health Care Worker of the Year by Ohio Hospital Association

Frankye Herald, RN, director of Mahogany's Child at Miami Valley Hospital, has been named the 2006 Health Care Worker of the Year by the Ohio Hospital Association. The award was presented June 12th at the association's annual meeting and recognition dinner.

A total of 81 nominations for the award were received by the hospital association from hospitals across Ohio. Herald was selected as the winner from a field of four finalists, and she was nominated by her peers. Nominees were required to demonstrate leadership, reflect values and ideals of Ohio health care facilities, exhibit work above and beyond the call of duty, deliver services within the community and overcome odds to succeed.

"I am privileged to receive such an accolade from my colleagues as well as the state of Ohio. There's no question I love the work I do at Mahogany's Child and could not deliver this level of service without support from Miami Valley Hospital," said Herald.

Through her work at Mahogany's Child, Herald is involved daily in community health education and disease prevention within Dayton's minority population. Since its inception in 2001 Mahogany's Child touches more than 7,000 African American, Hispanic and Appalachian women annually by providing heath education and screenings.

"A hospital's commitment is to its community, and Miami Valley Hospital has long been a supporter of programs like Mahogany's Child," said Deb Mals, vice president of nursing at Miami Valley Hospital. "We're honored Frankye Herald was selected for this prestigious award, and we're delighted she comes from the field of nursing and so readily and selflessly gives back to our community."

Herald is an inspiration for residents in the Dayton communities she serves, as she overcame unbeatable odds to reach personal and career goals. Herald, a nurse for 14 years raised three toddler boys, was a welfare recipient and furthered her education taking television courses and attending night school. She earned her bachelor's degree and nursing degree from Sinclair Community College with true, unabashed perseverance.

"The best gift I can offer our community is health," said Herald. "The Miami Valley boasts some of the highest statistics for illness in the nation, and that is why Mahogany's Child is a critical program to help educate women about their bodies, the importance of health screenings and how to maintain wellness for healthy longevity."