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Nurse of the Year Awards - Minnesota

DATE: Friday, September 28, 2018  |  Time: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Nurse of the Year Awards
ADDRESS: 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425

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2018 Nurse of the Year Award Recipients


Stacy Jepsen
Abbott Northwestern Hospital

CARE MANAGEMENT-Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group Center for Clinician Advancement
Kristin Woody

Kris Scott
Allina Health

Melinda Jennings
CentraCare St.Cloud Hospital

Teri Verner
HealthEast Systems

LEADERSHIP-Sponsored by Gillette Children's Specialty HealthCare
Susan Jeska
UnitedHealth Group

MENTAL HEALTH-Sponsored by HealthPartners
Holly Dasinger

NEONATAL-Sponsored by CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital
Susie Denton
Fairview Health System
Shirley Kern
North Memorial Healthcare

PEDIATRIC-Sponsored by Children's Minnesota
Mary Amundson
CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital

RISING STAR-Sponsored by PrairieCare
Maggie McLaird
CentraCare St.Cloud Hospital

STAFF NURSE – CRITICAL CARE-Sponsored by Hennepin Healthcare
Cassandra Flo
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

STAFF NURSE – GENERAL CARE-Sponsored by the Minnesota Hospital Association
Wokie Johnson
University of Minnesota Health

WOMEN’S HEALTH-Sponsored by North Memorial Healthcare Maple Grove Hospital
Diane Miller
Fairview Health System


DISTINGUISHED NURSE OF THE YEAR-Sponsored by Fairview, HealthEast and University of Minnesota Health
Tammy Sinkfield-Morey

Ambassador Family

March of Dimes is honored to have the DiMarco family as this year's Nurse of the Year Ambassador Family. Hear Lisa tell her story at the event. Learn more about them and support the March of Dimes mission by watching this video: 


The March of Dimes Minnesota Nurse of the Year Awards Presented by Fairview, HealthEast, and University of Minnesota Health - is back and honoring outstanding nurses in the state of Minnesota.

Thank you to everyone who made this year's event a success! 


2018 MN Nurse of the Year Committee

Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members who have offered up their time and talents, we are honored to present the Annual Minnesota Nurse of the Year Awards. 

2018 Minnesota Nurse of the Year Event Co-Chairs
Jennifer Austin, Clinical Manager
UnitedHealth Group, Optum 360

2018 Minnesota Nurse of the Year Committee
Nova Schmitz, CentraCare
Maria Raines, HealthEast
Dawn Mahoney, HealthEast
Faith Zwirchitz, Maple Grove Hospital
Diane Pelant, CentraCare
Karen Brill, Gillette Children's Speciality Healthcare
Mandy Dageford, PrairieCare
Stephanie Yackel, Rasmussen College
Karen Martin, Children's Minnesota
Comfort Nkengla, HealthPartners
Cynthia Jurgensen, UnitedHealthcare
Jennifer Barry, Children's Minnesota
Laurie Young, Children's Minnesota
Stacie O'Leary, ISD 197
Sally Walstrom

Hosted By

March of Dimes is honored to have Camille Williams as the host for this event. 

Award-winning journalist Camille Williams joined KARE 11 as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter in October 2015. In 2017 Camille and her husband, Cory Hepola, began anchoring KARE 11 Weekends. Before calling Minnesota home, Camille worked as a Public Relations Officer at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Texas). That move came after 10 years as an anchor/reporter at stations in Houston and Austin, Texas, New York and Florida. Camille was born in Canada to Jamaican parents and is very proud of her heritage. Her hero is her mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in October 2012. All through life she watched her mother work hard to achieve her dreams whether it was through her education or her career. Watching her mother suffer through cancer treatments inspired her to run long distance races, to do the unthinkable and to never give up on her dreams. She is a supporter and advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Camille lives in Plymouth with her husband and her three kids (including twins!)


Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Please consider making a Join Me page to fundraise in honor of someone in your life who has been touched by prematurity or for a nurse who has touched your life. If you don't want to create a page please consider giving to our Ambassador Family's page or to another. All proceeds go to support the March of Dimes mission. 

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