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ARMC Critical Care Nurse Opal Dy Receives AACN “Circle of Excellence” Award

ARMC Critical Care Nurse Opal Dy Receives AACN “Circle of Excellence” Award

Colton, CA – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) Clinical Nurse Specialist Opal Dy has been named as a “Circle of Excellence” award recipient by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for his exemplary work within ARMC’s Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

AACN awarded 18 critical-care nurses selected from across the country during AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Denver, CO from May 20-22.

Honorees are recognized for demonstrating excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. They are also recognized for their solution-oriented approaches to challenges, including reducing healthcare-associated infection rates, and helping their organizations improve operations.

Honoree Opal Dy shared, “I am deeply honored to represent ARMC and to be recognized by the AACN for my work in the Intensive Care Units. This award is a testament to the incredible efforts of our ICU nurse leadership and staff, whose dedication to excellence in care truly makes a difference.” Dy continued, “I am blessed to work alongside such committed professionals who consistently strive to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and their families.”

ARMC CEO William Gilbert shared, “We couldn’t be any prouder of Opal for receiving this prestigious award. It speaks to the level of care, talent, and dedication that he and the rest of the staff bring to ARMC day in and day out.”

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by San Bernardino County, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. It is ARMC’s mission, in an environment of learning and innovation, to serve our diverse community with high-quality, compassionate care. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, operates the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center, a level I trauma center, a comprehensive stroke center, a behavioral health center, and five primary care centers. ARMC also provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the countywide vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. ARMC is the primary teaching hospital for the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM). The University welcomed its first class of students in 2018. For more information on CUSM, visit For more information about ARMC, visit You can also watch this video to learn more about ARMC: