Nurses from across Upstate New York were honored by the March of Dimes at the 4th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards and Gala on Friday, September 19th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. From Rochester Regional Health System, seven outstanding nurses were among the 18 award recipients that evening. Congratulations to all of the highly skilled professionals who were honored for their clinical excellence and compassion to patients and families throughout our region each and every day. Their tireless service is at the heart of everything we do.
The event raised more than $75,000 for the March of Dimes an organization whose mission is to prevent birth defects, premature birth, reduce infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and babies.
The “March of Dimes Outstanding Nurses of the Year” award recipients and their awards included: (left to right): Mary Scheda, (Rising Star), UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital; Elizabeth Scheda (Medical/Surgical), Rochester General Hospital; Nancy Miltsch (Women’s Health), Rochester General Hospital; Linda Greene (Patient Safety/Infection Prevention), Highland Hospital; Toni Smith (Performance Improvement/Quality Management), UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital; Virginia Riggall (Education), Rochester General Hospital; Ann Zawicki (Home Care), VA of Western New York; Barbara Blue (Geriatrics), Highland Hospital; Amy Hayward (Emergency), Unity Hospital; Julia Laco (Dr. Margaret D. Sovie Award for Advanced Practice), Newark-Wayne Community Hospital; Kristen Dumbauld (Behavioral Health), Newark-Wayne Community Hospital; Cheryl Brooks (Student Nurse), UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital; Carol Schreiber (Pediatric), UR Medicine/Golisano Children’s Hospital. Not pictured: Sue Bezek (Leadership), UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital; Marie Flannery (Oncology), UR Medicine; Chinju Francis (Licensed Practical Nurse), Unity Hospital; Elizabeth Hartigan (Critical Care), SUNY Upstate Medical Center; Kim Urbach (School Nurse), UR Medicine