Two Georgetown residents received top employee honors this month at Milford Memorial and Kent General hospitals.

Kim Campbell is a mentor to young nurses, while Lauren Huff is a young nurse just starting her career.

Yet both Georgetown residents received top employee honors this month at Milford Memorial and Kent General hospitals, respectively.

Campbell was named the 2011 Employee of the Year at Bayhealth’s Milford Memorial Hospital, where she has worked since 2000.

“I’m very shocked and very honored,” said Campbell, who has worked in Milford Memorial’s Peri-Anesthesia Care Unit since 2010. “There are so many nurses and people and the hospital who inspire me every day. I just hope to be an inspiration to others.”

Heidi Moore, the day surgery nurse manager at Milford Memorial, said Campbell takes special pride in mentoring and teaching new nurses in various departments and encouraging her peers to become more involved in Bayhealth initiatives and the nursing profession.

“She stays late regularly to assist with her colleagues’ needs, floating to other departments when asked [including] to the Peri-Anestheisa Care Unit at Kent General Hospital,” Moore said. “For Kim, it’s very much a labor of love.”

Campbell also serves as co-chair of the Bayhealth Nursing Education Council, was instrumental in developing the Nursing Educational Needs Survey and helped to develop Technology Day for the nursing staff at Milford Memorial, hospital officials said.

“The best part of being a nurse is the feeling you get at the end of the day when you know that you were able to help others,” Campbell said.

Meanwhile, Lauren Huff was named the 2012 Nurse of the Year at Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital in Dover.

“It was definitely a shock,” Huff said. “I love my job and being a nurse, but I feel like I just do what everyone else I work with does.”

A staff nurse in the 2B Orthopaedic-Neurosurgery-Spine Unit, Huff was named nurse of the year at Kent General after being employed there for only six months.

The 2004 Sussex Central High School graduate earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Drexel University in September and joined Kent General in November.

Despite being new to the profession, Huff has earned the admiration of her peers with her caring and compassionate nature, hospital officials said.

They cited a recent incident in which Huff worked to stabilize a patient who was suffering from chest pains and losing consciousness. She then sat with the man to help calm his fears.

“Lauren’s warmth and compassion were so vital in helping the patient and his wife get through a difficult and scary episode,” 2B/3-West Nurse Manager Kathy Boyer said. “Lauren helped the patient understand what was happening, held his hand and reassured him. She really made a difference for him.”

Huff said she draws inspiration from her grandmother Patricia Stenger, a retired school nurse who worked at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in Lewes.

“She is very compassionate,” Huff said. “I try to view [patients] as family and treat them the way I would expect a loved one of mine to be treated while under someone’s care.”

Huff also volunteers with the Special Olympics and recently joined the American Organization of Nursing Executives’ Care Innovation and Transformation program.

As an added bonus, Georgetown’s Town Council officially declared May 20 as Lauren Huff Day in recognition of her award.

Bayhealth, an affiliate of Penn Medicine for Heart and Vascular, Cancer and Orthopaedics, is central and southern Delaware’s largest healthcare system with a medical staff of 424 physicians and 3,100 other employees.