Local woman awarded by Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. — Once a year, the Duke University Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., honors three outstanding superstar employees at its annual reception with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Exceptional Colleague and Exceptional Patient Care.

Janelle Blossinghamm (center) was chosen as the 2017 Exceptional Patient Care Award recipient at Duke University Cancer Institute. She is pictured with Duke Cancer Institute's executive director Dr. Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD. (Courtesy photo)

Janelle Blossinghamm (center) was chosen as the 2017 Exceptional Patient Care Award recipient at Duke University Cancer Institute. She is pictured with Duke Cancer Institute’s executive director Dr. Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD. (Courtesy photo)

Janelle Blossingham, RN, BSN was named the 2017 Exceptional Patient Care Award recipient. Blossingham is the daughter of Jerry and Karen Swathwood, of Manistee, and a 2000 graduate of Manistee High School. She received an Associate’s in Nursing in 2004 from West Shore Community College and a in 2017 a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.

Blossingham has spent the majority of her career in oncology care. Her current role at Duke University Cancer Center is the Melanoma Clinical coordinator. She provides education, follow-up care and works alongside two melanoma oncologists who specialize in melanoma and immunology and are known globally for their excellence in skin cancer care.

Blossingham was nominated by one of the physicians she works with, Dr. Brent A. Hanks, M.D., PhD, Immunology. His nomination included accolades to Blossingham for her ability to put the patient first, catching drug related toxicities and side effects early on, taking the initiative to call patients after treatment and providing additional education as needed, making sure correct orders are entered and clinic functions in a smooth timely manner, working in the oncology treatment room on her off clinic days as extra help so patients can receive life-sustaining fluids and blood products, catching missed orders ensuring safety as a top priority and managing other nurses in a charge nurse capacity while running patient care clinics.

Hanks closed his nomination by saying how much Blossingham is loved by her patients.

Blossingham was surprised by the award and was unaware she was a recipient until the evening it was presented to her.

“I love working for Duke University, especially the Cancer Institute. They enable an atmosphere in which employees are empowered to seek greatness and therefore able to provide exceptional patient care. l enjoy my job and love my patients,” said Blossingham.

She is married to Anthony Blossingham and is the mother to three daughters, Ava (8), Sophia (6) and Camille (18 months).

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