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    20 Named Nurse of the Year

    St. Louis, Missouri, November 12, 2013 —

    Twenty Missouri nurses representing 13 health care institutions were named Nurse of the Year at the second annual March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year event on November 9 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. The gala raised more than $125,000 for March of Dimes.

    The nurses were recognized for their extraordinary level of patient care, compassion, professionalism, integrity and leadership in the nursing profession.  The winning nurses each received a crystal award and a gift certificate to Scrubs and Beyond.  At the gala, Sister Mary Jeremy Buckman received a special 2013 Legend in Nursing Award for her decades of service to the profession.  Freeman Hospital System in Joplin, Missouri was also honored with the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait award for its reduction of Early Elective Deliveries (EED).  EEDs are scheduled C-sections and inductions when there is no medical reason. The hospital successfully reduced its rate of EEDs to 0 percent.

    More than 300 applications were submitted representing 55 different health organizations statewide.  A selection committee of health care professionals reviewed the blinded nomination forms and determined the winners. Dr. Jan DeMasters, President of the St. Louis Campus of Chamberlain College of Nursing, chaired the event.

    Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, chapter volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of March of Dimes.  According to Trina Ragain, State Director of Program Services, Advocacy and Government Affairs, “We are so pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions and commitment nurses provide to healthcare across the state of Missouri.  March of Dimes has recognized and appreciated the contribution of nurses for 75 years. Nurse of the Year is an opportunity for March of Dimes, and the community, to say thank you to these wonderful caregivers who make such a difference in our lives.” 

    The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state, celebrating the profession, and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.

    Nurses employed in the state of Missouri and Illinois counties of Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe, and Randolph were eligible to participate.  The event was sponsored by Express Scripts, Nurse Response, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College and Home State Health Plan.

    2013 Nurse of the Year Winners

    Advanced Practice

    Michelle Nadler

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital


    Behavioral Health

    Catherine Patterson

    Mercy Hospital Saint Louis


    Case Management & Managed Care

    Luciane Tarter

    Access Family Care


    Charge Nurse

    Susan Flake

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital


    Clinical Informatics

    Gregory L Alexander

    University of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing


    Critical Care (tie)

    Jennifer Hanford

    University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital


    Sarah Cammack

    University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital



    Margaret Bultas

    Saint Louis University


    Emergency, General Medical & Surgical

    Helen Sandkuhl

    Saint Louis University Hospital


    Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care

    Verna Ferguson

    Saint Louis University

    Infection Control & Occupational Health

    Jeanne Zack

    Missouri Baptist Medical Center

    Nursing Administration (tie)

    Laurie Sparks

    Missouri Baptist Medical Center


    Laurie Weaver

    Urgent Care for Kids



    Marcy Keltner




    Debra Parran

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital


    Public Health & Ambulatory Care

    Cathy Hogan

    SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center


    Quality & Risk Management

    Dana Houle

    Nurse Response


    Student Nurse

    Amber Tarasyuk

    Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College


    Women’s Health & Obstetrics

    Susan Kendig

    University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Nursing



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