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St. Joseph Medical Center has a new vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

Pam Jamieson, a graduate of Duke University, Boston University and New York University, came to St. Joseph after serving as senior vice president of patient services at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

She has 20 years of experience in nursing. Her work helped Stamford earn the Magnet Award of Excellence in Nursing Services from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

Durenda Juergensen was recently appointed to assistant vice president of nursing at St. Joseph Medical Center.

She has worked at the hospital since 1983. She served as director of emergency services before taking on this new position. Her experience at St. Joseph includes working as manager of the cardiac surgery unit and the cardiac operating room.

In this new position, Juergensen will continue to lead the medical center's patient flow initiative and have administrative responsibility for the emergency department, the stroke center, the clinical decision unit, the medical-surgical units and various nursing staff.

The Bel Air resident holds degrees from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, Franklin and Marshall College, both Pennsylvania schools, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Dr. John Gearhart has been awarded an honorary membership from the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons.

Gearhart is a professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric urology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Gearhart, who will accept the award in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the fall, is being honored for his work with children around the world and for his contributions in the treatment of birth defects of the reproductive organs and the urinary system.

As a surgeon, he travels worldwide to perform procedures that involve children born with congenital birth defects.

Gearhart earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He did residencies in urology and surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. There, he was the chief surgical resident. He also did a fellowship at Alder Hey Children's Hospital at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine in pediatric urology.

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