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Raine Hammond named BPW Woman of the Year

| October 25, 2013
Award: Raine Hammond, 2013 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year received the Woman of the Year pin from her sister, Liz Herrell. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Award: Raine Hammond, 2013 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year received the Woman of the Year pin from her sister, Liz Herrell. Photo contributed to The Beacon

COSHOCTON – Raine Hammond was surprised to learn she was voted the 2013 Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) Woman of the Year at Grace United Methodist Church on Monday, Oct. 21. Several members of her family and co-workers were ushered in after her name was announced. After introductions, MC and 2006 Woman of the Year Tomma Bordenkircher read a “This is your Life” version of Hammond’s personal and professional background.

Seventeen years after graduating from high school Hammond entered college to obtain her nursing degree – a dream she has had since childhood. Hammond, second oldest in a family of six, graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1972, was married and had a baby girl. A couple of years later she was a single parent. In 1978, she married Dick Hammond, who had five children plus they added one for a total of seven. In 1989 she entered Kent State. The stepchildren had left home, leaving her with her two girls, now 11 and 14. She traveled to New Philadelphia, a 45-minute drive one way, five days a week for three years. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1992. She was the first member of her family to obtain a college degree. After taking on-line classes, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2008 from Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2009 she received the YWCA/BPW Tribute to Women of Achievement Health Award.

In 1991 Hammond started working weekends at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Extended Care as a Nurse Assistant. Today she is Head Nurse, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on day shift. She serves on the ICU Committee, Code Blue Committee and the Professional Development Committee. She has been a member of the American Nurse Association since 1992 and the Association of Critical Care Nurse since 1998.

She joined BPW in 2004. For many years she has served as the Chair for the Sweat Suit Project (clothing for rape victims). She has passed out agendas at Meet the Candidates, modeled at the Administrative Professional Luncheon, baked cakes for the Cake Auctions, baked and decorated high-heel shaped cookies for Equal Pay Day, baked and decorated cookies for the 80th Coshocton BPW anniversary, and worked on the Fair Booth. She has taken the Individual Development (ID) course, ID Facilitator training, and she serves on the local ID Committee. She serves on the Issues Management Committee, and last year her submission was recognized at the state conference. She has presented health programs to her local, plus she has located several speakers to talk on health topics.

On May 6, Hammond and her husband Dick celebrated 34 years together but on May 11 she lost him to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Besides her five living children and their spouses, she has 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She resides in West Lafayette with her grandson Donovan Miller, a junior at Coshocton County Career Center (CCCC). She is the daughter of Frank and Jean Sharier.

“I have known Raine Hammond for 38 years,” said Daughter Samalia Casey. “To me, she is the Woman of the Year, every year. She is the best mother and grandmother you could ask for. Sometimes, I feel it is a curse to be her daughter. She is so caring and determined, that I wonder if I could ever be half the woman that she is. My Mom has always encouraged me to do my best and has set an excellent example. She shows this in everything she does, from home and family to her work at the hospital and in the community. I am always proud to say that Raine Hammond is my Mother. Congratulations Mom, I love you.”

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