SIXTEEN ALASKAN NURSES RECEIVE TOP HONORS AT MARCH OF DIMES NURSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Anchorage, AK | Monday, November 5, 2018

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Local contact: Monica Patel 907-328-4011 mpatel@marchofdimes.org

Regional contact: Elizabeth Williams, 831-610-8188 ewilliams@marchofdimes.org                         

SIXTEEN ALASKAN NURSES RECEIVE TOP HONORS

AT MARCH OF DIMES NURSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

ANCHORAGE, AK. Nov. 5, 2018 Sixteen caregivers were honored for their extraordinary level of patient care, compassion, integrity, professionalism, and leadership in the nursing profession at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. Approximately 300 guests attended the dinner Saturday, November 3rd at the Hilton Anchorage.  Melissa Frey from KTVA 11 served as emcee. A total of 65 finalists, representing 13 healthcare facilities, were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the profession.

Matt Hirschfield, March of Dimes Alaska Nurse of the Year Chair said, “The Nurse of the Year event is an opportunity for March of Dimes, and the community, to publicly say thank you to the wonderful caregivers who make such a difference in our lives. We are proud to honor these exceptional nurses.”

March of Dimes received more than 110 nominations for its 2018 Alaska Nurse of the Year awards. Nurses employed in the state of Alaska were eligible. The selection committee, comprised of health care professionals, reviewed and scored the confidential nomination forms. Members of the committee include: Angelia Trujillo, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Arlene Patuc, Southcentral Foundation; Brenda Cook, Southcentral Foundation; Cathy Heckenlively, Children’s Hospital, Providence; Deb Hansen, Retired, Providence Health; Elizabeth Hawk Burton, State of Alaska; Jane Erickson, Alaska Nurse’s Association; Jim Reineke, Providence Alaska; Dr. Lily J. Lou, Children’s Hospital, Providence; Lisa Derr, Alaska Native Medical Center; Marianne Murray, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Dr. Matthew Hirschfield, Alaska Native Medical Center; Michelle Van Kirk, Bartlett Regional Hospital; Pamela Grogan, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Renee Steffen, Alaska Native Tribal Health ; Sara Bloom, ASHNHA; Scott Smothermon, Providence Health & Services, Susan Camasi, University of Alaska.

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to fight for the health of all moms and babies. 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.

The 2018 Nurse of the Year is presented by The Children’s Hospital at Providence.  Gold Sponsors are: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Foundation Health Partners and Southcentral Foundation.

2018 NURSE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Theodore Walker

Advanced Practice

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Colleen McNulty

Behavioral Health

Southcentral Foundation

Shelia Draper-Johnston

Case Management

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Teanna Hehnlin

Charge Nurse

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Casey Griffith

Critical Care

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Naomi Zurba

Education

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Christine Cothran

General Medical/Surgical

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Elizabeth Hesse

Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Rebecca Hamel

Infection Control & Occupational Health

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Kelly Ogden

Nursing Administration

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Connie Mazut

Pediatric Care

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Letitia “Tisha” Benson

Public Health & Ambulatory Care

Southcentral Foundation

Bonnie Neff

Quality & Risk Management

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center

Donna Bean

Rising Star

State of Alaska

Rhonda Ward

Surgical Services

Bartlett Regional Hospital

Heather Anderson

Women's Health Award

 Southcentral Foundation

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