Maryann Cogdill, director of OB/GYN services at the Center for Women at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, has been named the Nurse of Distinction for Western New York. The Professional Nurses Association of Western New York sponsors the annual recognition.
In her role at Mount St. Mary's, Cogdill has worked to implement several important initiatives that have enhanced services to patients and their families. With a bachelor's degree in nursing, she has practiced in the specialty area of obstetrics since 1998. Her achievements and contributions include her challenge to not only institute change, but to also implement new practices and procedures to enhance the positive experience of the patient and family.
As part of these efforts, she redesigned the workflow of the maternity department, expanded the roles and duties of the nursing staff, and elevated the level of care to all. Cogdill led her team in obtaining national certification in electronic fetal monitoring, was instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art labor and delivery equipment to Mount St. Mary's to enhance comfort and safety, and recruited a lactation consultant to enhance breastfeeding support and education for new moms. She also works with numerous outreach groups to support breastfeeding initiatives in Niagara County.
A strong proponent of family bonding, she implemented key initiatives to give families private time to support bonding and breastfeeding for newborns. Cogdill also redesigned patient rooms to enhance the birth experience. Finally, she coordinated the construction of a new birthing suite featuring a birthing tub and introduced specially designed "birth balls" to Niagara County, which have been shown to decrease caesarian sections and shorten labor by positioning the infant's head for delivery.
In addition to Cogdill, Catholic Health also named the following Nurses of Distinction at its member hospitals and Home and community-based care division: Carol Latona, RN, MBA, NEA-BC - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo; Janet Pickett, RN, BSN - McAuley Seton Home Care; Lisa Weaver, RN-BC - Father Baker Manor; Jean Wood, RN, BSN - Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and Christina Lewis, RN, MSN - Sisters of Charity Hospital.