2012 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala Winners Announced!
March of Dimes Arizona Chapter is proud to announce its 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards finalists. Hundreds of nurses throughout Arizona were nominated by their patients, peers and administrators in one or more of fourteen different categories. The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year winners were revealed at the Gala on August 25, 2012, at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Click here to view pictures from the event.
The annual March of Dimes event pulled in over $125,000, which will go to support future funding for nursing scholarships in Arizona as well as benefit the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter in its pursuit to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The winners include:
ADVANCING THE PROFESSION THROUGH EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH
Shelly Fleiner, Cardon Children's Medical Center
BROOKLINE COLLEGE CLINICAL EDUCATOR
Karen Seifert, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Diana Jacobson, Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Robert Muzzy, Jr., United States Air Force Reserve
GlaxoSmithKline ADVOCACY FOR PATIENTS
Denise Giannascoli Link, Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Leigh Small, Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Diane Cox, Maricopa County Department of Public Health Services
Ellen O'Connor, Banner Baywood Medical Center
PATIENT CARE IN CLINICAL ROLE
Iris Delfakis, University of Arizona Cancer Center North Campus
Amy Olson, Tucson Medical Center
Desiree McGrew, Tucson Medical Center
Gwen Gallegos, Carondelet Health Network
ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
PATIENT CARE – ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLE
Judith Harris, Phoenix Children's Hospital
DISTINGUISHED NURSE OF THE YEAR
Stephanie Ann San Felice, Verde Valley Medical Center
In its ninth year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala was established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as support future nurses through scholarship dollars. Since the event’s inception, March of Dimes has presented over 132-thousand in scholarship dollars to Arizona based nursing colleges.
Sponsors for the event included Scholarship Partners: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and TriWest Healthcare Alliance; and Distinguished partner: Cigna Medical Group.
ABOUT MARCH OF DIMES:
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org/arizona or nacersano.org.