South's Greatest Nurses of 2016 Winners

Ashlee Rieser

Nurse Ashlee Rieser was working in the ICU unit at Memorial Health when a moment arrived to help a terminally ill patient fulfill a wish. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of a man's last wish before he died from terminally ill cancer,” explained Rieser.  “He was a young man, mid 40's, who was diagnosed and given just weeks to live.” The patient was engaged to be married and wanted to marry his love before he died. The nurses in the ICU helped his wish come true and made the ceremony come to life.  “It's moments like this that make the nursing career such a blessing,” she said. “To take part in someone's life fills my heart with emotion. It means the world to me to be the advocate for my patients so that they can have the best quality of life, no matter what it takes.”

Jamie Wells

Early in 2000, Jamie Wells was an ER nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.  He remembers on particular night when the television reality series, “Trauma: Life in the ER” filmed at Memorial and captured on film a true medical miracle. “We had an adult male come into the ER with chest and back pain,” recalled Wells.  “We did our initial assessment and I had come back in to check on him. I instantly saw he was very pale. When I inquired as to how he was feeling, he told me all of his pain was gone.  That wasn’t good.  I immediately called for the attending physician.” A cat scan was performed.  Doctors caught a ruptured brain aneurysm and within minutes the patient was in surgery, and the bleeding was stopped. “The patient was in the right place at the right time,” said Wells. “It was a miracle we were able to save him.”

Sheila Fulcher

For Sheila Fulcher, one of her most touching memories is also one of the hardest to share. Fulcher was working as a labor and delivery nurse about 20 years ago.  “I got a patient who arrived to the labor and delivery unit from her doctor’s office,” said Fulcher. Her physician arrived minutes later and did an ultrasound. He had confirmed what he thought in the office… their unborn daughter had not survived.” Fulcher remembers holding the stillborn infant. “She was perfect and so beautiful,” she recalled. “Dad broke down in tears when I bought his daughter to him to hold. Then I broke down. I spent a lot of time with them and their stillborn baby girl.” Fulcher cut off a lock of hair from the baby girl and put it, as well as pictures, in a baby book for them.  “Months later I was at a church and ran into them. At that time I was pregnant and felt a little uncomfortable considering the way that we had initially met and knowing their circumstance,” said Fulcher. “We became friends and have shared many discussions about the loss of their baby. And through it all they have always been grateful for me. I didn't realize the difference that I made during their loss with the time, tears, and baby keepsakes that I shared with them.” 

Jan Gravit

Serving as a nurse at the Rape Crisis Center is an enormous responsibility and for Jan Gravitz, it is also rewarding. “Being a sexual assault nurse examiner, all of our cases are memorable,” said Gravitz. “But, when I can give a victim of sexual assault a time that they feel safe and can make the thoughts of the assault disappear for just a few moments, that is what makes this job special.” Not only does Gravitz assists the victims, she also works alongside the detectives and the DA to provide the necessary documentation and evidence for a conviction. “When I know the evidence I collected helped the detectives make an arrest and the DA to prosecute, it’s what makes this job very rewarding” added Gravitz. “I do not have just one case that stands out as memorable.  It's all the victims and their families that make it not only memorable, but life changing.”

Melissa Lloyd

Getting to play Santa is one of the perks for Melissa Lloyd-Wade.  She recalls a very touching memory of an autistic man on Tybee Island.  “I was taking care of a 57-year-old Autistic man who believed in Santa Claus,” said Wade. “He wanted an United States Army uniform, with the belt, the canteen, the hat, the jacket, the pants, and the boots.”  Christmas Eve finally arrived. “He is trying not to fall asleep, but sleep is winning,” smiled Wade. “Santa came and left a big present for him. His eyes literally lit up like a Christmas tree when he saw the huge box with his name on it. He opened the box and inside was a United States Army uniform with the all the accessories.” The patient wore the uniform proudly almost every day.  He was later moved to another facility to be closer to his family.  “I miss him,” said Wade. “Nursing is not just my job, it's my life. If we could just focus on how we are alike, our differences will eventually go unnoticed.”

Adreka Campbell

Being a floating nurse has its advantages.  Campbell, a nurse at St. Joseph’s Candler, said she knows a little bit about a lot of things. “Every day is a different and new adventure,” said Campbell. “I float throughout the hospital. It’s very special when I prescreen a patient in one department one day and end up being their day surgery nurse another day.” Campbell sometimes will continue taking care of the same patient as they are admitted to the hospital after surgery. Campbell said it is very rare a nurse goes through several stages during a patient's hospital stay. “I'm honored,” she said. “It feels great to be able to be with my patient the entire way, by their side. Especially when they are discharged. I feel like I'm done my job, my calling - continuity of care.”

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Events Calendar

  • Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

    Oct 13, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Academy

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  • Paul Stephen Benjamin: Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness

    Jan 26, 2018
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  • Carrie Mae Weems: Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992

    Jan 26, 2018
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  • Shine A Light When It’s Gray Out

    Mar 03, 2018
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ New Gallery of Modern Art

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  • Whiskey Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2018
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    South Magazine, Ghost Coast Distillery, and 39 Rue de Jean  host an evening of power networking and fundraising, on the third...

  • Taizé services

    Feb 28, 2018
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church

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  • Rotary Read In

    Mar 22, 2018
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    Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9...

  • BURST into Bloom Opening Party

    Mar 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Telfair Academy

    Join us for an opening night reception at the Telfair Academy and view the art and beautiful floral arrangements by local floral artists while...

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    Jun 15, 2017
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  • Telfair in Bloom

    Mar 23, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Academy

    Telfair Academy Guild presents Telfair in Bloom 2018, a vibrant festival of art and flowers featuring work by local designers. Telfair in Bloom...

  • Telfair in Bloom Lecture and Luncheon with Sybil Sylvester

    Mar 23, 2018
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Popular Southern floral artist Sybil Brooke Sylvester is the owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham, Alabama, a “creative think tank” for...

  • Willy Russell's Shirely Valentine

    Mar 23, 2018
    7:30 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

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    Mar 23, 2018
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Celtic Cross Ceremony

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Savannah Book Festival

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Gullah Market and Celebration

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Hearts for Healing Gala