The field of nursing has changed greatly in the last four decades, but one thing has remained a constant: the dedication and tenacity of Peggy Jackson, a 40-year veteran registered nurse at Mesa’s Mountain Vista Medical Center’s special care level II nursery. Jackson was awarded a Chairman’s Award, which is presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in serving their facilities and their communities, from Steward Health Care, Mountain Vista Medical Center’s parent company.
As the highest award a Steward Health Care employee can receive, it honors staff who continuously exhibit professional and personal excellence in every task they undertake. From her early years in the nursing profession, Jackson has made marked differences in the lives of others, through her personal involvement in worthy causes, including community service and volunteering with charitable organizations.
“Peggy is a shining example of the care and compassion that are hallmarks of Steward Health Care’s approach to patient care and professional excellence leaving an indelible mark on every life she touches, whether its premature newborns and their anxious parents to the Valley’s homeless populations and youth with disabilities,” said Jake Golich, president of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Nurses like Peggy – those who go out of their way to not only serve patients at the hospital, but also to positively contribute to the well-being of their friends and neighbors – are vital to building stronger and healthier communities.”
Jackson, a longstanding Critical Care Nursery nurse who over the course of her tenure has written many of the policies and procedures for the nursery, is responsible for the care of the tiniest and most critical patients in the nursery and provides a specialized comfort to new moms that put their minds at ease as their newborns fight for their lives and to thrive.
Despite the immense responsibility she shoulders at Mountain Vista Medical Center, Jackson spends much of her free time helping her community and others who are less fortunate and afflicted in some way. This has included working closely with Veterans on Patrol to make and deliver meals, as well as supplies, including toiletries, blankets and other necessities, to a homeless camp that housed several veterans an average of three times a week until the camp was closed.
She has also been involved with various health causes, participating in the Relay for Life of Greater Mesa for the American Cancer Society for several years, which was spurred by her own mother’s death. Serving as a team captain for many years, her teams have raised thousands of dollars for cancer. As well, she has become involved with the Special Olympics of Arizona, where she fervently participates in community fundraisers and social activities for local children.