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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Nominate Your Favorite Nurse!

    Help Acknowledge Our Unsung Heroes for Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards

    Seattle, WA, August 12, 2013 —

    If you have been touched by the work and caring of an exceptional nurse submit a nomination and join us in recognizing these caregivers whose extraordinary efforts stand out.   The March of Dimes Washington Chapter is celebrating its 11th year in honoring the best and brightest of our local nurses for the Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards.  The event, which will be held November 21 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center, is presented by Premera Blue Cross.


    The 2013 Nurse of the Year Chair is Kim Williams, MS, RN and Chief Operating Officer for Providence Regional Medical Center.  “Nursing is a critical component to patient care and one that often goes unrecognized,” said Ms. Williams.  “I consider it an honor to serve in this role, and I am thrilled that the March of Dimes will acknowledge many of the gifted nurses who make exceptional contributions on a daily basis.”


    Ms. Williams has worked for Providence since 2003 in a variety of roles including Chief Nursing Officer, a position she held before being named COO earlier this year. Prior to coming to Providence Regional, Kim worked for PeaceHealth for 25 years. Kim has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


    Nominations are being accepted through September 27, 2013.  Nomination forms can be found online at www.marchofdimes.com/washington, or obtained by calling 206-624-1373.


    Proceeds from the event will benefit March of Dimes maternal and child health programs. Individual tickets, tables and sponsorships are available through the March of Dimes at (206) 624-1373, or online at www.marchofdimes/washington .  Individual tickets for the event are $40. Table sponsorships are $1,000.



    RNs working at all staff levels in Western Washington who are in good standing with the Washington State Nursing Commission and have been a resident of Western Washington for at least one year are eligible to be nominated. In addition, any student currently enrolled in a nursing program in Western Washington is eligible for the New Generation category. Nominations for Nurse Case Managers are also encouraged.


    Award categories for the 2013 Nurse of the Year program are:

    • Patient/Clinical Care
    • Leadership
    • Innovation/Creativity
    • Educational Champion
    • Research/Advancing the Profession
    • Advocacy for Patients
    • Community Practice
    • Community Volunteer
    • Mentoring
    • Rising Star
    • New Generation
    • Perinatal/Pediatric
    • Distinguished Nurse of the Year
    • Legend of Nursing


    KING 5 News Anchor Jean Enersen will emcee the event.


    Sponsors include Premera Blue Cross, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Evergreen Health, Swedish Medical Center, Group Health, Salal Credit Union, Washington State Nurses Association and KING 5.



    This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life.  More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. 

    The 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.com/washington or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter twitter.com/marchofdimeswa


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