Longest-Tenured Phoenixville, Pottstown Nurses in Spotlight

Nurses (at top) Peggy Neese and Diane Kochinsky

WEST READING PA – Two of Tower Health‘s longest-tenured facility nurses, who work at Phoenixville and Pottstown hospitals respectively, are being singled out for specific recognition during National Nurses Week. The observance begins Friday (May 6, 2022), and continues through May 12 (Thursday).

In the honors spotlight are Diane Kochinsky, BSN, RN, who began her career at Phoenixville Hospital in 1978; and Peggy Neese, BSN, RN, OCN, who started at Pottstown Hospital in 1979. Three other nurses, at Reading, Chestnut Hill, and St. Christopher’s for Children hospitals, also are being lauded. In total the five were said to represent 228 years of service to patients and the community.

The health system has written stories about the nurses, currently available online here, based on recent interviews. Their strength, care, comfort, health guidance, and kind words of solace or sympathy demonstrate why “nurses are the backbone of caring for patients and the community in hospitals, outpatient settings, physician offices, and patients’ homes,” Tower Health said.

It thanked “the more than 3,000 nursing professionals throughout our health system with profound gratitude and admiration,” in part for “their skill and their perseverance in the face of a once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis” created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tower Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Mary Agnew added “our communities are so fortunate to have nurses of this caliber caring for their family, friends, and neighbors.”

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