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St. Louis Magazine Announces the 2013 Excellence in Nursing Award Finalists

St. Louis Magazine Announces the 2013 Excellence in Nursing Award Finalists

From the day you were born, the selfless nurses of St. Louis have been at your aid.  All around our city, these men and women proudly provide the care and support that patients not only require, but deserve.  And in honor of these diligent and dedicated nurses, St. Louis Magazine and Chamberlain College of Nursing will be  hosting our fourth annual Excellence in Nursing Awards Reception on Thursday, April 25 at the Kemp Auto Museum.

Last fall, we put out the call for nominations and received more than 200 submissions. While each and every one of the nominees had an outstanding background in their field, the judges carefully narrowed the list to 63 exceptional finalists in 18 categories.  Our 2013 selection committee included Karen Daley, President of the American Nurses Association; Karen Drenkard, Executive Director of American Nurses Credentialing Center;  Lora Lacey-Haun, Dean of the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Nursing; Anne Heine, Instructor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Missouri—Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing; Jill Kliethermes, CEO of the Missouri Nurses Association; Bonnie Niebuhr, CEO of the American Board of Nursing Specialties; and Diane Twedell, Chief Nursing Officer of Mayo Clinic Health System, Southeast Minnesota Region.

We are proud to announce the 2013 Excellence in Nursing Finalists:

Acute Care/General Medicine:  Linda Black, Kimberly McGrath, Julie Spencer

Cardiovascular:  Margaret Emmert Capriglione, Barbara Logue, Rinnah MacVittie, Lisa Murphy

Community/Ambulatory Care:  Margaret Benz, Pat McCloskey, Stacy Pokorny, Eileen Steiniger

Educator:  Mary Lee Barron, Bernadette Henrichs, Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Jean Huelsing, Joanne Langan

Emergency Department:  Lynn Goodlett, Paula Malone, Helen Sandkuhl, Lisa Schneider

Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care:  Benita Austin, Linda Poth, Heather Stock

Intensive Care:  Sarah Koch, Mary Elizabeth Mehegan, Barbara Miller

Management/Nurse Executives/Clinical Nurse Leader:  Colleen Becker, Marianne Fournie, Diana Kraus, Terri Morris, Victoria Peck

Medical/Surgical Nursing:  Kara Bonnell, Cheryl Boone, Robyn Myers, Meranda Scherer

Neurology/Psychology/Behavioral Health:  Teresa DeGuire, Cassandra Ward

Oncology:  Jennifer Kloth, Reida McDowell, Robert Parker

Orthopedics:  Jacob Kliethermes, Jamie Menendez, Stacy Weisguth

Pediatrics: Neonatal:  Jillian Barron, Cathy Dill, Donna Kaempfe

Pediatrics: Non-Neonatal:  Dana Aronin, Mandy Holthaus Drozda, Tammy Heffner, Margaret Ann Shaner, Julie Stumpf

Research:  Karen Balakas, Norma Metheny, Lee Smith

School:  Kathleen Beezley, Kathleen Wallace

Senior Services:  Patricia Kabambe, Lee Vance, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Voss

Women's Health:  Danielle Frueh, Sue Muehling, Julie Schweitzer, Darla Wertenberger

On Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m., join St. Louis Magazine at The Kemp Auto Museum as we honor the heart of healthcare at a reception for these altruistic men and women. Cocktails and a three-course dinner will be featured at the event prior to an awards presentation where each finalist will be recognized and the overall winner in each category will be annouced. Individual tickets for the reception are $100 or $1,000 for a table of 10.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call 314.918.3033 or click here.

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Mar 23, 2013 11:39 am
 Posted by  TottenhamChick

I actually AM a nurse (@ BJH) &, not only am I soooooooooo glad to see this FABULOUS recognition (for the 2nd year in a row), but I'm ALSO sooooooooo excited to see friends & colleagues on your short list ONCE AGAIN.....who TOTALLY DESERVE TO BE THERE!!!! I absolutely, positively MUST-MUST-MUST ADD that 13.5 years ago, when my eldest son was born 4.5 weeks early @ MBMC, was really, REALLY ill, on a vent within minutes after birth & in the NICU for 2 weeks, KATHY DILL WAS MY LIFESAVER AND MY LIFELINE!!!! In fact, she was BOTH for my entire extended family as well!! KATHY DILL SAVED MY SONS LIFE NUMEROUS TIMES during those 2 weeks, she TOTALLY kept me sane (no small task for a post partim, crazy hormonal RN new mom!!!!!!) & I absolutely, wholeheartedly KNOW....even alllllllllllllllll these years later, that she was absolutely hand picked & heaven-sent for me & soooooooooo many others!!!! We've NEVER forgotten you Kathy, AND NEVER WILL!!!!!!

Apr 27, 2013 04:19 pm
 Posted by  Rev. William P. O'Brien, SJ

Congratulations to all of the recipients, and especially to Sr. Mary Elizabeth Voss, FSGM! Having known Sister for several years, I am delighted but not surprised that the she has received public recognition for her work in senior services. I feel certain that I join Sister in hoping that this award bring more attention both to the Mother of Good Counsel Home, where Sister serves as Director of Nursing, and to the religious community, the Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George, to which she belongs.

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