March 8, 2021
Cole is pictured with colleagues (l to r) Wayne Stockbridge, VP Human Resources; Shannen Dando, HR Recruiter
and Cheryl Dopp, HR Coordinator.
Copley Hospital recently recognized Community & Wellness Nurse Cole Pearson, RN as Copley’s Team Hero. Cole joined Copley’s Quality Department in 2015 as a Clinical Quality Specialist/Infection Preventionist. In 2018, he took the position of Community & Wellness Nurse in the Wellness Department, where he provides wellness screenings, oversees incidents of exposure to infectious diseases, and tracks vaccinations, etc. for staff. His community role, during non-pandemic times, would have him at local businesses providing wellness clinics and organizing classes, including CPR, first aid, birthing classes, AARP driver safety, and more. Due to COVID, Copley is not currently holding community classes nor are we offering employee wellness screenings, leaving Cole focused more on COVID testing and vaccinations where his calm demeanor is truly welcoming.
In his nomination letter, Cole is described as a ‘rock star’ nurse. Last March, Cole’s role took on a new look – one of wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to help with COVID testing. Cole became a familiar face in our frontline testing staff. He was instrumental in organizing COVID rapid antibody testing; a trial Copley was performing for staff only. As fall approached, flu vaccinations were his focus for both staff and community businesses. Since mid-November, Cole’s focus has been on COVID testing and vaccination clinics while continuing to provide education to staff on FIT testing. No matter what he is doing, Cole always listens, answering questions with confidence and with compassion. He provides information that allows the employee and/or community member to make informed decisions.
“I was very surprised by the award. I enjoy my job at Copley; I get to interact with staff and have an impact on their well-being, while engaging with community members. The COVID vaccination clinics allow me to meet people and ease any fears about getting the vaccination,” Cole said.
Cole resides in Wolcott with his two young children. His hobby fits his ‘rock star’ description, as he jams to music. Cole is a guitar player and enjoys creating his own music. Prior to COVID, Cole was a member in several local bands.
Congratulations Cole; we are very proud of you!