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Cancer nurse named December Ambassador


Doug Blakley, an LPN and a Connersville resident, has been named Reid's Ambassador of the Month for December.

Characterized by co-workers as a gentleman of the old school and a master of supportive bedside deportment, Blakley emerged a consensus exemplar of the C.A.R.E. standards.

"An outstanding person," writes one nominator, "Doug goes out of his way to help co-workers and every day tries his best to put a smile on the face of each of his patients and colleagues."

A Reid team member since July of 2010, Blakley completed his nursing degree at Brown Mackie College, Cincinnati, two months earlier. He graduated from Connersville High School and spent more than 25 years at Ford Visteon, becoming a shift manager before taking up his nursing mission.

Along with his diploma, Blakley collected the school's Spirit of Nursing award.

"I'm so glad Doug joined the team on 5 East," wrote one nominator. "I can understand why all our patients, especially our cancer patients, say so many positive things about him. No matter the time of day or situation, he's always calm and pulls through."

Blakley's admirers report the extra miles he goes for his patients include homemade pies, helpful errands and in-room dance demonstrations and lessons featuring the Dougie, which, reports suggest, might be a sort of soft shoe evolving toward the Frug.

"He goes out of his way to help out and always tries to OK scheduling needs or shift alterations," said a 5 East colleague. "He is an awesome co-worker and an even better friend."

"I wanted to work in a facility in which I could deliver the highest levels of compassionate, professional care," Blakley said of his Ambassadorship. "Reid is that place, and the wonderful people I work with enable and practice the most wonderful standards."

"I'm proud of this award, especially since it's from a team and place in which I can assure a family member that the patient is in good care and answer any questions they might have," Blakley said.

Blakley volunteers in youth baseball programs and has served two years as president.

His wife, Becky, is an after-market manager for Stant Manufacturing, Inc., in Connersville. Their daughter, Claire, is an Indiana University nursing student. Their son, Tyler, in May will graduate from Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill. He plans to specialize in oncology and internal medicine.


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