Pottstown Nurse ‘Opens Heart’ To Newcomers

POTTSTOWN PA – An intensive care unit nurse at Pottstown Hospital, who has “opened her heart” and her home to foreign nurses arriving in the United States, has been selected by the hospital as its November employee of the month.

Anita Escoto, RN, since early summer has offered assistance to nurses from other nations who are coming into the country to work under contract with hospitals and other care centers that face nursing employee shortages. Two in Pottstown’s employ arrived during June and August, with their families due to follow.

Nurses usually are set up in hotels until they are able to find other living arrangements, which is sometimes difficult, the hospital explained Monday (Oct. 30, 2017) in a media release. These nurses must also rely on public transportation, it said.

Escoto, who was nominated for employee of the month honors by Pat McClafferty of the hospital human resources office, voluntarily helped the new nurses find lodging – at one point they even stayed with her – and provided transportation. “I commend her for this kind of action, and her contribution to make this program of abroad nurses work smoothly,” McClafferty said.

“Employees at Pottstown Hospital take pride in establishing a culture that champions healthier communities and patient-centered care,” hospital Chief Executive Officer Richard Newell added. “It is an honor to recognize Anita as Employee of the Month, and to celebrate the achievements of all of our employees.”

Escoto photo from Pottstown Hospital

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