Published on May 11, 2022

Minton named 2022 Baker Nurse of Excellence

Baker Nurse winner Christopher Minton and leadershipUNC Health Southeastern President/CEO Chris Ellington, left, and VP/Chief Nurse Executive Renae Taylor presented the 2022 Baker Nurse of Excellence Award to RN Christopher Minton during a Nurses Week ceremony held May 10.

RN Christopher Minton (3-Rust Tower) was named UNC Health Southeastern’s 2022 Baker Nurse of Excellence during a ceremony hosted May 10 by the organization’s Professional Growth Council as part of National Nurses Week.

Minton, a resident of Hope Mills, began his nursing career in 1994 as a licensed practical nurse. He furthered his education at Fayetteville Technical Community College with an associate degree in nursing in 2015. He earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2017 from Fayetteville State University

“It's an honor and a privilege to work and be a part of the UNC Health Southeastern family,” said Minton.

“Chris is the kind of nurse you want caring for you or your loved ones,” said Renae Taylor, UNC Health Southeastern Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive. “ He not only shows great compassion and empathy to his patients, but he is also dedicated to his teammates.  We are so proud to have him as part of the UNC Health Southeastern team”

In addition to Minton, the other 2022 finalist nominees were: Elena Dian (Labor & Delivery), Sarah Durden (Southeastern Women’s Health Care at The Oaks), and Whitney Packer (WoodHaven). The winner was selected by a panel based on nomination applications submitted by peers as well as interviews.

Past Baker winners are Samela "Dee" Prevatte, 2021; Tess McNeill, 2020; Don “Jake” Jacobs, 2019; Deborah Peterson, 2018; Sharon Smith, 2017; Cynthia Kinlaw, 2016; Tammy McDuffie, 2015; Elizabeth Moore, 2014; and Melissa Britt, 2013.

The Baker Nurse of Excellence Award was established in 2014 through an endowed gift by Stephanie and Wil Bass of Clayton, NC. The award is named in honor of Stephanie’s late grandparents, Dr. Horace Baker, Jr., a surgeon who was a member of the medical staff at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, and his wife Dorothy, a former Army nurse. Dr. Horace Baker Sr., Bass’ great-grandfather, was founder of the Baker Sanatorium in 1921 which later merged with Thompson Hospital to form what was known as the Baker-Thompson Memorial Hospital in Lumberton in 1946. These two older facilities were replaced by a new hospital known as Robeson County Memorial Hospital in 1953 which later became UNC Health Southeastern.