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Excellence in Nursing

12th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards

Excellence in Nursing 2021


2021 EXCELLENCE IN NURSING VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

As the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our everyday lives and challenged the medical community in profound ways, it’s a particularly apt moment to applaud the inspiring efforts of nurses across the St. Louis region. To celebrate outstanding health care heroes, St. Louis Magazine hosts the annual Excellence in Nursing Awards reception, presented by BJC HealthCare and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. It’s our way of saying thank you to the area’s dedicated, remarkable nurses. On April 22, nurses and their peers joined SLM online as we recognized 60 honorees, as chosen by a prestigious selection committee.  


Congratulations 2021 Excellence in Nursing Awards honorees! Read about the winners as featured in the May issue of St. Louis Magazine.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

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GOLD SPONSOR

SSM Health

SILVER SPONSOR

Trudy Busch-Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University

2021 Excellence in Nursing Awards Finalists

Acute Care/Family Practice

Jade Bland, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Alecia Welscher, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Susan Willenbrock, The Rehabilitation Institute of St Louis

Administration

Cherie Blaesing, Mercy Hospital South

Paula Goldberg, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center

Pierre Smith, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Rachael Snyders, BJC HealthCare

Advanced Practice

Julia Huck, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Whitney Jones, BJC HealthCare, Parkland Health Center

Robyn Myers, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Cardiovascular

Patricia Nieters, Washington University School of Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

Nichole Russell, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Community Care/Ambulatory

Deborah Horton, Saint Louis University School of Nursing

Christine Hinden, St. Luke's Hospital

Karen Lukens, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital

Donna Smith-Pupillo, Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

Educator

Nicole Magers, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Cynthia Rubbelke, Saint Louis University School of Nursing

Sarah Weyhrich, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Emergency Department

Kelly Hilker, SSM Health DePaul Hospital

Jennifer Lappe, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Michelle Parmentier, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Kayla Sommer, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Jessica Zurmuehlen, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Emerging Leader

Kevin Crocker, Mercy Hospital South

Kirsten Nulsen, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Mike Sidwell, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care

Shanika Pruitt, Beauvais Manor, Mercy Hospital South

Christy (Chris) Stellhorn, Mercy Hospital South, de Greeff Hospice House

Deneen White, BJC HealthCare

Intensive Care

Michelle Mendonsa, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Bridget Stubbs, Mercy Hospital South

Laura Watson, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Patricia (Trish) Wilkinson, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Ryan Boyer, Mercy Hospital South

Brooke Fuehne, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Sarah Johnson, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Amy Long, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital–Lake Saint Louis

Neurology/Psychology/Behavioral Health

John Gransbach, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Margaret (Maggi) Kavanaugh, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Gail Wanner, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Oncology

Denise Dickey, Washington University School of Medicine

Marsha Fey, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital

Barbara Ricken, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Orthopedics

Kim Cordia, Washington University School of Medicine

Melissa Eagan, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Sarah Kozak, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Unity Hospice & Palliative Care

Angela LeMarr, SSM Health Orthopedics

Pediatrics: Neonatal

Tammy Hayden, Mercy Hospital Washington

Jean Hecht, Nurses for Newborns

Tonya Hindersmann, Mercy Hospital Washington

Pediatrics: Non-Neonatal

Kira Geile, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Erin Schneider, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Julie Scovronski, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Research

Amanda Criebaum, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Jayne Hall, Mercy Research

Pamela Harris, Mercy Research

Women’s Health

Chandra Alsop, Mercy Hospital Washington, Mercy Hospital Jefferson

Denise Côté-Arsenault, Saint Louis University School of Nursing

Heather Hanratty, Mercy Hospital Washington

THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR'S SELECTION COMMITTEE

Phyllis Zimmer
Founder, Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

Brigit Van Graafeiland
Assistant professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Miki Goodwin
Assistant dean for clinical practice, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Debra Harrison
Executive coach, MEDI; former chief nursing officer, Mayo Clinic

Lola Denise Jefferson
First vice president, National Black Nurses Association

Carli Zegers
Assistant professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City

SELECTION OF PREVIOUS WINNERS