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Penn State Health hospitals celebrate Nurse’s Week with awards for excellence

Penn State Health’s acute care hospitals celebrated their nurses last week with days of activities and events.

The hospitals also recognized a number of award winners throughout the week.

Below is a list of winners:

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center

Hospital Excellence Award

Ashley Rehm, social worker

Hospital Teamwork Award

Andrew Anthony, supervisor, Supply and Distribution

Nurse Leader Award

Ashley Donsbach, nurse manager, Emergency Department

Clinical Practice Nurse Award

Lauren Kemble, registered nurse, Intensive Care Unit

Nursing Team Member Award

Hannah Miller, Nursing Assistant, Med Surg B

Advanced Clinical Practice Nurse Award

Michelle Pomidor, certified registered nurse practitioner, Critical Care

Specialty Clinical Practice Nurse Award

Julie Kimple, nurse educator

Hospital Leader Award

Don McKenna, West Shore Regional president

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center

Hospital Leadership

Beth Greene, regional director, Pharmacy

Hospital Teamwork

Kelsey Cannon, physical therapist

Hospital Excellence

Tonya Losh, radiology technologist

Specialty Clinical Practice and/or Advanced Practice

Alison Souter, certified registered nurse practitioner, Hospitalist program

Nursing Team Member

Andrea Nelson, unit desk clerk, 6 Main

Clinical Practice RN

Jocelyn Ramirez-Harrell, registered nurse, Emergency Department

Nursing Administration

Michelle Davis, assistant nurse manager, 4 Main

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

Patient Safety

Mari Driscoll, registered nurse, Infection Control

Hannah Schmidt, clinical nursing associate, nursing float pool

Patient Care

Shelly Browell, registered nurse, Surgery Center

Elizabeth Ellis, clinical nursing associate, nursing float pool


Stacie Sicher, registered nurse educator, Nursing Education

Therese Keita, clinical nursing associate, nursing float pool

Patient Advocacy

Charles Brennan, registered nurse, Med/Surg

Erin Sabol, clinical nursing associate, Pediatrics Acute 1

Professional Development

Barbara Paskowski, registered nurse, Med/Surg

Janssen Seidel, clinical nursing associate, nursing float pool

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Julianne Jordan, nursing professional development specialist, Nursing Education

Trauma Nursing (Adult)

Tiffany Stewart, staff nurse, Emergency Department

Surgical Services award

Jen Price, staff nurse, Pediatric Perianesthesia

Emily Price, staff nurse, Pediatric Perianesthesia

Medical Group

Cody Moore, registered nurse clinical supervisor, Psychiatry

Procedural Technologist,

Kristine Munoz, hemodialysis technician, Hemodialysis

Leadership: Clinical Nurse    

Ashley Russell, staff nurse, Perianesthesia

Magnet Conf:  Podium Presentation

James Fenush, vice president of nursing and clinical support services, and Tina Fitzgerald, director of talent acquisition, Human Resources

Research: Manuscript

Megan Waite, staff nurse, Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit

Emergency Department

Nikki Gianfagna, staff nurse, Pediatric Emergency Department

Leadership: Leader

Kristin Holjes, nurse manager; Kierstin Leach, assistant nurse manager; Melissa Zielonis, clinical staff leader, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Kienle Humanitarian Award

Jennifer Coolbeth, clinical case manager, Pediatric Care Management

Magnet Conference: Poster Presentation

Brian Albrecht, nurse manager, and Tracy Sinopoli, manager, Pediatric Surgical Care Unit

Rising Star

Christina Vuglar, staff nurse, Pediatric Oncology

Research: Research

Allison Zahniser, staff nurse; Elizabeth Battisti, staff nurse, Infusion Center; and Mary Louise Kanaskie, director of nursing research

Art Champion

Ann Smith Gregioro, nurse practitioner, Surgery Oncology

Registered Nurse Preceptor

Brandi Fickes, staff nurse, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Adult Acute Care

Suzann Veppert, staff nurse, 3 Acute Care

Leon “Lee” McKenzie Exemplary Professional Practice Award

Lindsey Diesel, staff nurse, Penn State Cancer Institute

Quality/Safety ― Leader

Hypoglycemia Quality Improviement Group

Quality/Safety ― Staff Nurse

Ellen Bechard, staff nurse, Labor and Delivery

Research: Evidence-based Practice Project 

Kim Fields, wound ostomy nurse; Nicolette Hartman, nurse practitioner, Family and Community Medicine; Kahly Smith, staff nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Heather Stephens, clinical practice nurse leader, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Jocelyn Essick, nurse, Pediatric Emergency Department

Ashley Fenstermacher, staff nurse, Hemodialysis

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital/Women and Birthing CenterSpirit of Nursing

Christina Bair, staff nurse, Pediatric Surgical Care

Adult Critical Care

Peggy Baker, Float Pool

Research: Quality Improvement Study        

Valerie Mouery, nursing informatics coordinator, Information Services Clinical; Amanda Ebbert, nursing professional development leader, Nursing Education; Matthew Loser, system analyst, Information Services Clinical; Rahn Snyder, coordinator infection control, Quality and Infection Control

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