Thirteen nurses certified at birthing center, Women’s HealthCare

ELKINS – Davis Memorial Hospital recently announced that the Family Birthing Center and Women’s HealthCare now have a total of 13 nurses nationally certified in various specialties. Several just achieved new honors.

While nurses are licensed by the state, the National Certification Corporation (NCC) issues nationally recognized certifications.

“Our certified nurses have taken an extra effort to demonstrate their specialty knowledge and stay current in a rapidly changing healthcare field,” said Peggy Thorne-Church, clinical manager at the Davis Memorial Hospital Family Birthing Center.

“Being certified means demonstrating a commitment to evidence-based practice while also providing the highest quality of service,” Thorne-Church said. “Patients and their families should feel confident in the care of our outstanding nurses, who truly are agents of change and advocates for the patients they serve.”

Thorne-Church, who also is certified, recognizes three nurses who have recently completed a rigorous national examination for their initial certification in inpatient obstetrics (RNC-OB): Ciera James, RNC-OB, BSN; Sherry Jones, RNC-OB; and Shalane WetzeI, RNC-OB, BSN.

Two nurses at Women’s HealthCare also have certification in inpatient obstetrics: Shirley Daniels, RNC-OB, and Julie Phillips, RNC-OB, ICCE, BSN. Phillips also is a certified international childbirth education.

In addition to receiving certification in inpatient obstetrics, four nurses at the Family Birthing Center also recently received a second NCC certification in electronic fetal monitoring (C-EFM): Mina Cashman, RNC-OB, C-EFM; Jackie Hall, RNC-OB, C-EFM; Mary Jo Hoyle, RNC-OB, C-EFM; and Teri Sandridge, RNC-OB, C-EFM, BSN.

“To maintain certification, nurses must engage in lifelong learning through periodic assessment and continuing education,” Thorne-Church said. “That ensures they will always be familiar with the latest techniques to improve patient outcomes and care.”

Nurses who have maintained certification in inpatient obstetrics include Peggy Thorne-Church, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA; Cindy Marsh, RNC-OB, BSN; Cindy Nestor, RNC-OB; and Becky White, RNC-OB.

Davis Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center offers private birthing rooms, equipped with the latest technology for a safe delivery and recovery. Newborns stay with their mothers to bond in comfortable, home-like surroundings. The spacious rooms also can accommodate visiting family members.

To schedule a tour of the center call Julie Phillips, OB patient educator, at 304-614-3963 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

The National Certification Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides a national credentialing program for nurses, physicians and other licensed health care personnel. Certification is awarded to nurses in the obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing specialties and certificates of added qualification are awarded to licensed health care professionals in the subspecialty areas of electronic fetal monitoring and neonatal pediatric transport.

For more information about Women’s HealthCare at Davis Memorial Hospital, please visit or call 304-636-0172. For more information about NCC, visit