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2012 Nurse of the Year Award Recipients:

March of Dimes is pleased to honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to hundreds of nurses that are at the front lines of care and have had a tremendous impact on patients and their families. Each year, nurses with various specialties are nominated by colleagues and families alike. A prestigious group of healthcare professionals review applications and make award selections in a number of categories. We are happy to announce and recognize the 2012 award recipients:




  • Advanced Practice: Janet Froeschle, Southcentral Foundation
  • Advanced Practice-Military: Amanda Bergeron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • Behavioral Health: Denise Scholze, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Charge Nurse: Angeline Washington, Alaska Native Tribal Health Center
  • Community Case Management Care Coordinator: Leslie Stephens, Southcentral Foundation
  • Critical Care: Natalie Portner, Mat Su Regional Hospital
  • Education: Cary Van Dyke, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Emergency/Flight: Pam Cook, Mat Su Regional Hospital
  • Friend of Nursing, Ancillary: Carol Switzer, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Friend of Nusing, Professional: Sheron Smoyer, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • General Med/Surgical: Karin Evans, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Hospital Case Management Care Coordinator: Brenda Lamont, Yukon-Kurskokwim Health Corporation
  • Legend in Nursing: Teri Kiss, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Legend in Nursing: Wilma Manual, State of Alaska PHN
  • LPN: Brandi Swanson, Wildflower Court
  • Maternal/Newborn: Felecia Baker, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • NICU: Kristen Caldwell, Alaska Native Tribal Health Center
  • Non Hospital Based Nurse: Andra Rasmussen, Southcentral Foundation
  • Nursing Administration: Emily Stevens, Mat Su Regional Hospital
  • Nursing Management: Bonnie Ezell, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Nursing Management-Military: Greta Brewster, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • Pediatrics: Catherine Jones, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Perioperative: Bjarke Bennedsen, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Rehabilitation: Jan Johnson, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Rising Star: Jayme Schroeder, Alaska Native Tribal Health Center


  • Advancing the Profession Through Evidence Based Research: Shelly Fleiner, Cardon Children's Medical Center
  • Clinical Educator: Karen Seifert, Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year: Stephanie San Felice, Verde Valley Medical Center
  • Federal/Military: Robert R. Muzzy, Jr., US Air Force Reserve
  • Leadership: Diane Cox Maricopa, County Department of Public Health
  • Mentoring: Ellen O'Connor, Banner Baywood Medical Center
  • Patient Care-Advanced Practice Role: Judith Harris, Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Patient Care-Clinical Role: Iris Delfakis, University of Arizona Cancer Center North Campus
  • Prenatal/Pediatric: Amy Olson, Tucson Medical Center
  • Rising Star: Desiree McGrew, Tucson Medical Center
  • Rural Nurse: Gwen Gallegos, Carondelet Health Network


  • Advanced Practice: Carolyn Holder, Emory University Hospital
  • Behavioral Health: Ursula Kelly, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Critical Care: Sikangezile Pauline Zulu, Grady Health System
  • Education: Sally Lehr, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Emergency Care: Cheryl MacMillan, Gwinnett Medical Center
  • General Medical: Melissa Gordon, Emory University Hospital
  • Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care, Long Term Acute Care: Hazel Jackson, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Informatics, Research & Evidence Based Practice: Sarah Myers, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • NICU: James Carey, Medical Center of Central Georgia
  • Nursing Administration: Kathy Williams, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Oncology: Tesla Graham, Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Pediatric: Mary Lou Oliver, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Public Health: Lynn Sibley, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Rising Star: Larry Lassiter, University Hospital
  • Surgical Services: Amy Fischer, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • Women's Health: Vickey Vaughan, Medical Center of Central Georgia


  • Advanced Practice: Ann Stadtler, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Community Health/Public Health: Roselaine Charlucien-Koech, West Roxbury Education Complex/Boston Public Schools
  • Education: Rita Patnode, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Heart Award: Karen Friedman, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
  • Neonatal: Patricia Fleck, Northeastern University
  • Nurse Leader: Deborah Durgin, MetroWest Medical Center
  • Nurse Researcher: Holly Fontenot, Boston College
  • Pediatric/Family Medicine: Kristen Fioravanti-Collette, Baystate Children's Hospital
  • Women's Health: Margaret Hickey, Brigham and Women's Hospital


  • Advanced Practice: Barbara Davis-Sears, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Clinical and Academic Education: Rosina Cianelli, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Community/Mental Health/Ambulatory Care: Doris B. Shorkey, Miami-Dade County Health Department
  • Critical Care/Surgical Services: Martin Schiavenato, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Emergency/Trauma: Rene Bascoy, Homestead Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care: Linda Long, Homestead Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Leadership/Executive: Jacqueline Gonzalez, Miami Children's Hospital
  • Leadership/Manager: Violet Rhagnanan-Kramer, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Medical/Surgical: Nancy Henri, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Pediatric/Adolescent Health: Winsome Witter, Jackson Memorial Health System -Holtz Children's Hospital
  • Quality/Risk and Case Management/Care Coordination: Maureen Pahl, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Rising Star: Maydolis Rodriguez, Miami-Dade County Health Department
  • Student Nurse/Graduate: Carol Tuttas, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Student Nurse/Undergraduate: Raul Caballero, Brown Mackie College -Miami
  • Women’s Health: Yolanda Nitti, Miami Dade College


  • Advanced Practice: Lyn Ceronsky University of MN Medical Center, Fairview
  • Care Management: Cyrus Batheja, UnitedHealth Group/Batheja SLS
  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year: Barbara Bor, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Education & Research: Sue Sendelbach, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Leadership: Paula Forté, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Mental Health: Leslie Larson, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Neonatal: Wendi Baldwin, North Memorial Health Care
  • Pediatric: Sarah Conlin, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Perioperative: Katherine Houle, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Public Health/School Nurse: Janet Lowe, St. Paul Public Schools
  • Rising Star: Michelle Langer, Regions Hospital
  • Rural Health: Peggy Gerhardt, Cambridge Medical Center
  • Staff Nurse-Critical Care: Ellen Johnson, Regions Hospital
  • Staff Nurse-General Care: Lauren Harmeyer, Regions Hospital
  • Women's Health: Karen Sonnenburg, St. Francis Regional Medical Center


  • Advance Practice: Mary Ellen, Raney St. Louis Children's
  • Advance Practice: Thad Wilson, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing
  • Behavioral Health: Erin Ellington, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing
  • Case Management: Amy Heithoff-Domiguez, Heithoff Health
  • Charge Nurse: Christy O'Laughlin, North Kansas City Hospital
  • Critical Care: Bridget Brion, Saint Lukes Hospital Kansas City
  • Education: Gloria Newman, Mercy Hospital
  • Emergency/General Medicine/Surgical: Heidi Clark, Cox Monett Hospital
  • Infection Control & Occupational Health: Patricia Kieffer, St. Louis Children's
  • Long Term Care: Maria Tracy, Missouri Veterans Home Cameron
  • Nursing Administration: Joan Devine, Lutheran Senior Services
  • Oncology: Katherine Ramsay, St. Anthony's Medical Center
  • Pediatrics: LaToya Daughrity, St. Louis Chrildrens
  • Public Health & Ambulatory Care: Marti Burri, Heartland Health
  • Quality/Risk Management: Diane Hopkins-Broyles, BJC Healthcare
  • Student Nurse/Rising Star: Kaitlyn Karleskint, Southeast Missouri Hospital
  • Women's Health: Tina Bloom, University of Missouri


  • Advocacy: Mileah Nickel, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Clincal Education: Jean Adair, Nebraska Methodist Hospital
  • Clinical Excellence: Anna May, The Nebraska Medical Center
  • Distinguished Nurse: Jane Hokanson, Hawks Methodist College of Nursing
  • Leadership: Nancy Noda, Bellevue Medical Center
  • Mentoring: Dani Michels, Memorial Community Hospital/Nebraska Methodist Health System Jennie Edmunson Hospital
  • Patient Care: Elizabeth Jacobs-Fitzgerald, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
  • Pediatric: Kimberly Peterson, Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
  • Rising Star: Katherine Doty, Childrens Hospital and Medical Center


  • Advanced Practice: Lori Mennen-Winchell, University Medical Center
  • Ambulatory Care: Vida Braganza, University Medical Center
  • Case Management: Kathryn Lepore, Take Care Health Systems
  • Charge NurseGeneral Medical & Surgical: Chris Lemon, University Medical Center
  • Charge Nurse/Specialty: Nicolette Harridge, St. Rose-Siena Campus
  • Critical Care: Howard Grantham, Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Education: Vicki Walker, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
  • Emergency: Robin Fredeking, University Medical Center
  • General Medical Surgical: Monica Holcombe, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
  • Hospice Nursing: Imelda Napuli, Israel Care First Home Care
  • Infection Control & Occupational Health: Mary Louise, Turkeri Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Long Term Acute Care: Maria Gatchalian, Kindred Hospital
  • Managed Care: Dee Dee Julien, HealthCare Partners of Nevada
  • Nursing Administration/Management: Oscar Borbon, University Medical Center
  • Oncology Nursing: Gail Langen, University Medical Center
  • Pediatric Critical Care: Michele Hall, University Medical Center
  • Pediatric Nursing: Marie Payne, Sunrise Children's Hospital
  • Surgical Services: Drezy Sadama, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Women's Health: Rosemarie Cervantes, University Medical Center
  • Distinguished Nurse: Tara Brascia, University Medical Center


  • Charge Nurse: Cindy Bell, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Emergency: Jeri Foster-Horrocks, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • Pediatrics: Allison Franco, Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital
  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year: Leda Isabel, Garside Tuality Healthcare
  • Nurse Educator: Patricia Gilbert, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • Hospice, Home Health, Long Term, Rehab & Pallative Care: Kathy Graham Gadler, Legacy Hospice
  • Small Hospital: Melodi Johnson, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • Women's Health: Amy Kaiser, Tuality Healthcare
  • Rising Star: Faisal Mutua Legacy, Emanuel Hospital
  • Advanced Practice: Yun Long Ong, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Student Nurse: Emma Roth, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center
  • Nurse Leader: Nancy Simonson, St Charles Medical Center Bend
  • Critical Care: Kate Thomas, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital
  • General Medical & Surgical Services: Jennifer Zeck, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
  • Mental Health: Marianne Zundel, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart
  • Community Health: Charmika Schuster, Oregon Health & Science University


  • Advanced Practice-Adult: Stephanie Mowdy, Valley View Regional Hospital
  • Advanced Practice-Neonate/Pediatric: Jill Nobles-Botkin, Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Case Management: Sharon Smith, Mercy Health Center-Healdton
  • Charge Nurse: Natalie Dabelstein, Jackson County Memorial Hospital
  • Critical Care: Rachel Colina, Jack C Montgomery VA Medical Center
  • Education/Research: Liz Klingensmith, Valley View Regional Hospital
  • Emergency/Trauma: Terry Fulton, Valley View Regional Hospital
  • General Medical/Surgical: Natalie Gehring, Integris Southwest Medical Center
  • Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care: Edie Graham, Integris Regency Home Care
  • Neonatal: Blakeley Hamit, Norman Regional Health Center
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology: Karen Blackburn, St. Anthony Hospital
  • Oncology: Mary Rottler, Integris Southwest Medical Center
  • Pediatrics: Pam Horne, Valley View Regional Hospital
  • Public Health/Ambulatory Care: Mildred Ramsey, Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Quality Improvement & Risk Management: Carol Mannahan, Oklahoma City University


  • Advanced Practice: Suzanne Ashworth, Orlando Health
  • Clinical and Academic Education: Linda Gibson-Young, University of Central Florida
  • Community/Mental Health/Ambulatory Care: Norma Conner, University of Central Florida
  • Critical Care/Surgical Services: Jami Lau, Orlando Health- Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
  • Emergency/Trauma: Patty Berwager, Orlando Health
  • Leadership/Executives: Inna Makievsky, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center
  • Leadership/Managers: Dawna Hilton, Florida Hospital
  • Medical /Surgical: Sara Oxley, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital (Orlando Health)
  • Pediatric/Adolescent Health: Barbara Cometti, Arnold Palmer Hospital
  • Rising Star: Patrick Mirante, Orlando Health
  • Student Nurse/Graduate : Sigrid Ladores, University of Central Florida
  • Student Nurse/Undergraduate: Alexis Marano, University of Central Florida
  • Women’s Health: Shezel O'Neal, Florida Hospital Celebration Health


  • Advanced Practice: Sharon Karp, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Cardiac: Ashley Delk, Centennial Medical Center
  • Critical Care: Jessica Stewart, Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • Emergency: Chelsea Cash, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Entry to Practice Nursing Education: Debra Wollaber, Belmont University School of Nursing
  • Graduate Nursing Education: Erin Rodgers, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Graduate Student Nurse of the Year: Bethany Andrews-Rhoten, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Managed Care: Mariette Williams, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Nursing Administration: Rita Toje, Nashville General Hospital
  • Pediatric: Carol Huber, Monroe Carell, Jr., Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Public Health: Lacey Wilkins, Nurses for Newborns
  • Quality and Risk Management: Kim Domaradzki, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Research: Sheila Ridner, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Surgical Services: David Wilkerson, Sumner Regional Medical Center
  • Undergraduate Student Nurse of the Year: Anna Cobb, Lipscomb University School of Nursing
  • Women's Health: Beth Youngblood, Lipscomb University School of Nursing
  • Women's Health: Stephanie Munson, Middle Tennessee Medical Center

Upstate NY

  • Advanced Practice: Amy Vierhile, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Behavioral Health: Deborah Finnell, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • Community Health/Public Health: Linda Johnson, St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Critical Care: Lynn Rivers, Rochester General Hospital
  • Education/Research/Nurse Author: Mary Carey, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • Emergency: Theresa Vatter, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
  • Geriatrics: Tobie Olsan, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Home Care/Long Term Car: Pamela Paplham, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Leadership: Katherine Norway, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Legend in Nursing: Patricia Witzel, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: Kathy O'Brien, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Medical/Surgical: Merilou Vanhoute, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
  • Pediatrics: Pamela Herendeen, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Performance Management/Quality & Improvement: Sharon Hewner, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • Rising Star: Danita Edwards, Erie County Medical Center
  • Student Nurse: John Garza, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Women's Health: Karlene Hill, Strong Memorial Hospital


  • Advanced Practice: Cassandra Roberts, Renaissance Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health: Kay Kostura, Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • Emergency: Melissa Ratcliff, Harper Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Home Health, Palliative Care & Hospice: Felicia Schaps, HomeChoice Partners
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Judith A. Lewis, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
  • NICU: Taylor K. Cady, Universitiy of Virginia Health System
  • Oncology: Robert Stone, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Surgical Services: Cindy Hearrell, Mary Washington Hospital
  • Cardiology, Med Surg & Critical Care: Valerie Castle, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital
  • LPN: Edna Kaye, Donald Mary Washington Hospital
  • Mother & Infant Care: Susan W. Hatcher, HealthSource for Women
  • Nursing Administration & Leadership: Kathryn Tagnesi - CNO/VP of Nursing, Winchester Medical Center
  • Nursing Educatiion: Diane Howell, Bryant and Stratton College
  • Pediatrics: Donna Deadrick, Carilion Pediatric Clinic
  • Public Health: Laureen Markland, Winchester Medical Center
  • Rising Star-Student Nurse: Shannon Storey, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
  • Women's Health: Kathleen R. Bell, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing


  • Behavioral Health: Nicky Castillon, Wyoming Behavioral Institute Community/Public
  • Health: Jacquelin Wells, Carbon County Public Health
  • Critical Care: Nicole Jimenez, Wyoming Medical Center
  • Distinguished Nursing Award: Susan Howard, Campbell County Hospital
  • Ellen K Taylor: Baerbel Merrill, Campbell County Hospital
  • Ellen K Taylor: Phyllis Schulz, Wyoming Medical Center
  • Emergency: Rose Branson, Wyoming Medical Center
  • General Medical/Surgical: Brittani Hill, Mountain View Regional Hospital
  • Nursing Administration: Nadine Dexter, Wyoming Behavioral Institute
  • Oncology: Deane Murrell, Wyoming Medical Center
  • Pediatrics: Juliet Medina, Ivinson Memorial Hospital
  • Quality/Risk Management: Victoria Hall, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
  • Rising Star: Ally Cordonier, Mountain View Regional Hospital
  • Student Nurse: Geraghty Bernston, University of Wyoming
  • Student Nurse: Sarah Bieber, Casper College
  • Surgical Services: Alison Youngberg, Wyoming Medical Center
  • Womens Health: Fawn Tafoya, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center

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