Reston Hospital Center proudly announced today that Abby Desesso, an ICU clinical coordinator and senior charge nurse at Reston Hospital Center, has won the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award for Compassionate Care. The award, established in 2014, is the highest honor given to one nurse each year from across all HCA Healthcare facilities. The award recognizes exceptional nursing knowledge and expert skills, consistently applied with compassion and integrity.

The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction include the HCA Innovators Award, the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award and the Frist Humanitarian Award. These annual awards celebrate employees, physicians and volunteers whose professional and personal lives reflect the patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values upon which HCA Healthcare was founded. The exemplary service and selflessness of each recipient is a challenge and inspiration to other HCA employees.

Abby Desesso has been an employee at Reston Hospital Center for six years and during that time has consistently gone above and beyond for her patients. In peer reviews, considered in the judging of the award, her colleagues noted that Abby coordinates with respiratory and physical therapy takes her ventilated patients outside to see the sun to give them hope; that she has filled her locker with arts and crafts for the children of patients so they can comfortably pass the time; helped prepare a 7-year-old girl to see her 19-year-old brother by transforming a teddy bear into an ICU patient; and ensures her fellow nurses have both the time and equipment needed to provide superior care. Peer reviews, facility judging and written nominations are considered when awarding the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award.

In addition to receiving a statuette for her Award during a ceremony at HCA Healthcare headquarters in Nashville, TN today, Abby received a $5,000 donation to the charity of her choice and a cash award.

“We are thrilled to have Abby selected for this honor,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA’s Northern Virginia market. “She is an asset to our team, a blessing to her patients, and a reflection of the high standards we have for patient care at Reston Hospital Center.”

About Reston Hospital Center

Part of HCA Virginia Health System, Reston Hospital Center is a 223-bed, acute-care medical and surgical facility that has garnered high honors for attentive patient care and nursing excellence.  Reston Hospital Center is home to the region's newest Level II Trauma Center and the most comprehensive robotic surgery in the Mid-Atlantic. Statewide, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals and more than 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is Virginia’s fourth‐largest private employer, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually.