19 Nurses Receive Top Honors from the March of Dimes

| Friday, November 13, 2015

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Washington Nurse of the Year Awards Presented Today to 19 Exceptional Nurses Out of More Than 200 Nominees

Seattle, WA, November 13, 2015 —
In recognition of nurses whose extraordinary efforts stand out, the March of Dimes Washington Chapter held its 13th annual Washington Nurse of the Year Awards honoring nurses from throughout the state. The event, which took place today at the Meydenbauer Conference Center, was presented by Premera Blue Cross. Chair of the event was Peg Currie, Regional CNO, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC with Providence Health Care.

RNs working at all staff levels in Washington were honored in 19 categories surrounded by their peers; nursing professionals who every day set the standards of outstanding patient care. That’s exactly what the Nurse of the Year Award celebration is about. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation and joy as the honorees were announced.


This year, the winners include:


·         Education – Margie Bridges of Bellevue with Overlake Hospital Medical Center

·         Public Health – Polly Taylor of Olympia with Washington State Department of Health

·         Pediatric – Joan McDonagh of Seattle with Coe Elementary School

·         Critical Care – Christa Arguinchona of Spokane with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

·         Advanced Practice – Joya Pickett of Sammamish with Swedish Medical Center

·         Women’s Health – Leondra Weiss of Seattle with Harborview Medical Center

·         Clinical Care – Lisa Onstot of Shoreline with Seattle Children’s Hospital

·         Distinguished Nurse of the Year – Dorothy Ruzicki of Spokane with Providence Health Care

·         Rising Star – Aaron Cruz of Tacoma with St. Clare Hospital

·         Emergency – Curtis Peek of Montesano with Summit Pacific Medical Center

·         Front Line Leader – Trish Nilsen of Langley with Whidbey Family Birthplace

·         Case Management & Care Coordination – Anne Reese of Seattle with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

·         Long Term Acute Care & Rehabilitation – Mihkai Wickline of Seattle with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

·         Nursing Administration – Judith Canfield of Everett with Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett

·         Legend of Nursing – Peggy Mangiaracina of Spokane with Providence Sacred Heart & Children’s Hospital

·         Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care – Vernelda Savoy of Tacoma with Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care

·         Surgical & Procedural Services – Marlene Elliott of Kettle Falls with Providence Mount Carmel Hospital

·         Innovative & Non-Traditional Nursing – Robin Hollenhorst of Edmonds with Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett

·         Advocacy for Patients – Teresa Forshag of Spokane with Partners with Families and Children


KING 5 News Anchor Amity Addrisi was the emcee.


The presenting sponsor was Premera Blue Cross. Additional sponsors included Pediatrix Medical Group, CHI Franciscan Health, Seattle Children’s Hospital, EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Group Health Cooperative, HRN Services, INC., Hill-Rom, Seattle Emergency Physicians Services, Washington State Nurses Association, Swedish Medical Center, UW Medicine, Washington Dental Service, WGU and KING 5.




The March of Dimes celebrates 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.org/washington or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook @marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter @marchofdimeswa



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March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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