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

  • Party In The Pines

    Oct 19, 2018
    12:00 PM - 11:45 PM @ Bienville Plantation

    Presented by Bienville Entertainment, Party In The Pines announces that Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town will headline second annual festival on...

  • Firefighters 5k and 10k

    Oct 13, 2018
    1:00 PM

    Did you know that every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Girls Night Out - Make Your Own Skin Care Products!

    Sep 28, 2018
    5:00 PM @ Salacia Salts

    Grab a group of girlfriends for a private skin care making workshop. Design and hand mix your own body scrub while unwinding in our relaxing space...

  • Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Davenport House Museum

      This October see a historical recreation of Savannah’s dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 with particular emphasis on daily life in...

  • Alee Haunted House-Terror Plantation

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ Alee Temple

    Voted as Georgia's third scariest haunted house, the Alee Haunted House is ready to scare! Starting in October, it will be open every Friday...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 18, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

    Oct 19, 2018
    All Day @ Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce

    The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is an annual event held at J. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar St., the third weekend in October. People...

  • Run for the Homeless 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ SEDA Building on Hutchinson Island

    This is a fundraiser for the Savannah Inner City Night Shelter to help men, women, and children in our community who may find themselves homeless...

  • Old Town Oyster Run 5k/10k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

    The race starts at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through beautiful downtown and along the May River. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or...

  • NAMI Mental Health 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:30 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Join us for the 2018 NAMI Lowcountry 5K Mental Health Walk! This is an event for the ENTIRE FAMILY, including your four legged, furry family...

  • Wag-O-Ween Savannah 2018

    Oct 20, 2018
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Businesses

    https://www.facebook.com/wagoween.savannah.ga/ Join us Saturday October 20, 2018 from Noon-5:00 for the fun annual WAG-O-WEEN! This annual...

  • Free Family Day: "Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens"

    Oct 20, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Enjoy a day celebrating Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Children and families can try out pointillist painting techniques, make miniature...

  • Southern Songbirds: Jill Knight, Danielle Howle & Caroline Aiken

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Three beautiful singer-songwriters from opposite coasts come together on the Tybee Post Theater stage for an incredible night of music.Jill Knight,...

  • Mindful Triathalon

    Oct 21, 2018
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Jiva Yoga Center and Go Tri Sports are teaming up to produce the Mindful Triathlon - Hilton Head Island. What is the Mindful...

  • Lean Ensemble Theatre presents Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 21, 2018
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - "Poetry: Why Read It? Why Write It? Who Cares?" by Olivia Stiffler

    Oct 21, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

    The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is proud to present the second installment of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series in the parlor of the Flannery...

  • Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program

    Oct 24, 2018
    3:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Georgia World Congress Center

    Now in its’ 36th consecutive year in Atlanta, the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program is a unique workplace-organized fitness...

  • Girls' Night Out: "Ghost"

    Oct 25, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

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  • Ghosts of Grayson Stadium Haunted Ballpark

    Oct 25, 2018
    All Day @ Grayson Stadium

     Wicked South Productions presents Ghosts of Grayson Haunted Ballpark. Built almost 100 years ago by General William Grayson, the...


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Scenes of the South

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Meaningful supporters came came out to help spread awareness, learn more on how to stop childhood cancer, to recognize the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions.

7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/ Celebrity Bowlapalooza Auction

Plenty of supporters came came out to the 7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/Vaden Chevrolet Pooler Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction for a night of fun and fundraising. There was an Amtryke, specially adapted 3 wheel bike giveaway, and a silent and live auction. The auction was to help make a difference in the Savannah community and to inspire mobility and independence for people with different abilities.

Ronald McDonald House Super Summer Shindig

Children came dressed as their favorite superheroes as they enjoyed face painting, games, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and their favorite favorite superheroes and McDonald’s characters. There was delicious appetizers by Chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones of Cape Creations Catering, Ghost Coast cocktails, door prizes, and the great networking opportunities in Savannah.

Whiskey Wednesday

First City Network, Ghost Coast Distillery and South Magazine came together for this event at 39 Rue De Jean on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The mission of First City Network (FCN) is to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBT individuals and their allies .

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!