Sixteen Nurses Honored at 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards
Congratulations to the 2013 Nurse of the Year Winners!Atlanta, Georgia, November 25, 2013
The Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, honored 16 outstanding local nurses at the 2013 Nurse of the Year Awards.
Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of Georgia’s residents.
“The winners of this year’s Nurse of the Year awards are a testament to the caliber of nursing talent that is in our state,” said Sheila Ryan, State Director for the March of Dimes. “We know that not only the winners, but the nominees and finalists alike, are truly committed to their patients and profession and are all making great strides in their respective fields.”
The event, co-chaired by Kim Sharkey, Independent Leadership Consultant, and Linda A. Streit, Dean and Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, had over 600 attendees and raised over $160,000, making it one of the top Nurse of the Year events in the country.
Event partners included BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital, Grady Health System, AmeriHealth Caritas, BDR Partners and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and Atlanta Magazine.
Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in approximately 16 award categories. More than 800 nurses were nominated in Georgia and 300 of those were selected as finalists. Award Recipients were announced at a special awards gala held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.
Georgia's 2013 Nurse of the Year Award Winners
Dr. Patricia Hart, Kennesaw State University
Category: Academic Education, sponsored by Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
Mary Zellinger, Emory University Hospital
Category: Advanced Practice, sponsored by AmeriHealth Caritas
Dr. Angela Amar, Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Category: Behavioral Health
Sue Gammill, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Category: Critical Care, sponsored by Grady Health System
Erin Miller, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Category: Emergency and Ambulatory Care, sponsored by Emory Healthcare
Amy Nichols, WellStar Douglas Hospital
Category: General Medical, sponsored by Atlanta Medical Center
Debbie Gunter, Emory University Hospital
Category: Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Long Term Acute Care
Dr. Tami Thomas, Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Category: Informatics, Research and Evidence Based Practice, sponsored by Sharecare
Barbara Smith Weaver, International Neonatal Consulting Firm
Category: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, sponsored by Northside Hospital
Dr. Mary Gullatte, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Category: Nursing Administration, sponsored by BDR Partners and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc
Dr. Roberta Kaplow, Emory University Hospital
Category: Oncology, sponsored by WellStar Health System
Stephanie Meisner, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Category: Pediatrics, sponsored by Kimberly Clark Corporation
Sheila Vahey, Fulton County Schools
Category: Public Health, sponsored by Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Mylinh Yun, Emory University Hospital
Category: Rising Star
Seaton West, Atlanta VA Medical Center
Category: Surgical Services
Carol Harvey, Northside Hospital
Category: Women’s Health, sponsored by BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia
The award recipients were determined by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals who screened the nomination forms in a blinded review process.
About March of Dimes
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from life saving research and education from the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, 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.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.