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You are cordially invited to
Nurse of the Year, Missouri-Metro East Illinois

DATE: Saturday, November 10, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
ADDRESS: 9801 Natural Bridge Rd, St. Louis, MO 63134

For more information please contact Caye Hagarty at (314) 513-9968 or chagarty@marchofdimes.org. 

CELEBRATING NURSING EXCELLENCE TOGETHER TO HELP MOMS AND BABIES

March of Dimes will pay tribute to extraordinary nurses for their enduring care, compassion, intelligence and unique skills, as they lead the fight for the health of families across Missouri and Metro East Illinois at its 7th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards.

Exceptional nurses employed in the state of Missouri and Illinois counties of Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe and Randolph are eligible. A selection committee of healthcare professionals will review the confidential application submissions.

Approximately 20 nurses will be honored at a special awards gala on November 10, 2018. For more information, contact Caye Hagarty at (314) 513-9968 or chagarty@marchofdimes.org.

8 CHAMPIONS OF NURSING

2018 provides a great opportunity to honor nurses with a special connection to March of Dimes mission. Eight accomplished individuals will be acknowledged as heroes in honor of March of Dimes 80th Anniversary. This is a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to those who have chosen to give back to others through their work, based on their life experiences and passion for helping to fight for the health of all moms and babies.

Give a donation in honor of, and leave a message for, our Champions of Nursing HERE.


2018 LEGEND IN NURSING

Marilyn Rantz | University of Missouri

Thank You to Our Champions of Nursing Supporters

Directors of Patient Care Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Home State Health
Memorial Hospital 
Bob & Joan Schoor

SLCH Newborn Intensive Care Unit & Washington University Division of Newborn Medicine 
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2018 LEGEND IN NURSING

Marilyn
Rantz

University of Missouri

Champion of Nursing

Lakecia
Clay

St. Louis Children's Hospital


 

Champion of Nursing

Molly 
Lubiewski

Mercy

Champion of Nursing

Amy 
McLean

Mercy

Champion of Nursing

Angelleen 
Peters-Lewis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Champion of Nursing

Joan
Smith

St. Louis Children's Hospital

Champion of Nursing

Lauren 
Shaver

SSM

Champion of Nursing 

Donna 
Stephens

Belleville Memorial &
Memorial East

2018 NURSE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Hundreds of applications across 20 disciplines ranging from Advanced Practice to Women's Health & Obstetrics are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, finalists within each discipline are identified. March of Dimes is proud to announce and honor the 2018 Nurse of the Year finalists.

ADVANCED PRACTICE - Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College 
Shannon Boles - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Mary Jane Broge - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Antoinette Falker - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kira Geile - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Julia Huck - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Amber Lewis - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Melissa Portell - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital
Nichole Powell - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Katherine Robbins - SSM Health - Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
Bernadette Sobczak - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Mary Sullivan - Barnes-Jewish Hospital

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Catherine Bollinger - Mercy Hospital - South
Alexandria Brinker - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Michelle Cooley Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Katrina Cordova - Mercy Hospital - South
Florence Dickherber - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital
Kristin Eveland - Mercy Hospital - South
Alicia Gardner - SSM Health - Saint Louis University Hospital
Brittania Phillips - University of Missouri - Saint Louis
Tiffany Taylor - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital
Jodie Warsing - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Corey Weicht - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

CASE MANAGEMENT
Mary Leona (Lee) Bannes - Mercy Hospital - South
Brooke Brothers - SSM Health - Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital 
Karin Byrne - Home State Health
Tammy Dauphin - Belleville Memorial Hospital
Lori McGee-Minnich - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Brenda Pitonak - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Fran Poglajen - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
DeAnna Rhine - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Victoria Spurgeon - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

CHARGE NURSE AND FRONTLINE SUPERVISOR
Tisa Ayers - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Amy Clayton - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Debbie Coleman - Mercy Hospital - South
Barbara Doran - SSM Health - St. Joseph Hospital - Lake St. Louis
Robin Gilder - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital
Monica Hughey - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Jill Igou - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Karen Korte - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Teresa Rohde - Mercy Hospital - Lincoln
Stephanie Spickerman - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Caryn Thomas - University of Missouri - Columbia

CLINICAL INFORMATICS
Elizabeth Bialczak - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Dawn Freeman - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kristin Glover - Mercy Hospital - South
Mona LeGrand - Belleville Memorial Hospital
LeAnn Rehard - University of Missouri - Health Care
Cynthia Rubbelke - Saint Louis University School of Nursing

COMMUNITY SKILLED NURSING (HOSPICE, HOME HEALTH, PALLIATIVE CARE, LONG TERM CARE AND LONG TERM ACUTE CARE)
Gretchen Brune - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Julie Bryan - Mercy Hospital - Springfield
Diana Kircher - National Healthcare Corporation
Victoria Korhammer - Mercy Hospital - South
Carol Massmann - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Shelia Purdy - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

CRITICAL CARE
Jennifer Bancroft - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Lindsay Eleanor Bilhorn - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Kelly Bishop - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Sarah Elyse Butler - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital 
Zachary Fox - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Erin Hopkins - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Jaym Jones - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jillian Klopke - SSM Health - Saint Louis University Hospital
Susana Madden - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Mahala Mastin - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Bridget Stubbs - Mercy Hospital - South
Krista Wilds - SSM Health - Saint Louis University Hospital

EDUCATION - Maryville University 
Jennifer Broeder - Webster University
Kathy Foster - Maryville University
Amy Hamilton - Belleville Memorial Hospital
Rose Hansen - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Mary Lawrence - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Rebecca Luebbert - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Frank Lyerla - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Angela Mann - Belleville Memorial Hospital
Meredith Meyer - SSM Health - St. Mary's Hospital 
Katrina Rice - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Kimberly Siemons - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Cynthia Vishy - Saint Louis Children's Hospital

EMERGENCY CARE 
Lauren Alberts - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital
Camryn Bates - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Deborah Chiodini - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital
Judy Cowell - SSM Health - Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Mary Frazier - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Julie Heaney - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Sarah Highfill - Mercy Hospital 
Deborah Moore - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Megan Otis - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Tammy Rifenburg - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Kayla Terschluse - Mercy Hospital - Lincoln
Arika Wilga - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

GENERAL MEDICAL / ADULT CARE - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Dana B Baldwin - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Lisa Chavarria - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Jennifer Doyle - Mercy Hosptial - St. Anthony's 
Janet Heck - Belleville Memorial Hospital
Anne Kerwin - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Brittney Gabris - SSM Health - Saint Louis University Hospital
Rosalie Harpole - Mercy Hospital - Lincoln
Rachel Heet - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Chelsea Howland - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Gwen Stein - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Leta Woolard - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson

INFECTION CONTROL & QUALITY / RISK MANAGEMENT 
Carol Alexander - SSM Health - St. Joseph Hospital - Lake St. Louis
Sean Balagna - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Gil Diesel - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Lisa Finley - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Lynne Frost - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jennifer Jaffe - Mercy Hospital - South
Karen Looper - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Alycia Miley - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Victoria Moore - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Megan Dethloff - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital

LPN 
Michelle Ellerbe - Saint Lukes Hospital
Tiffany Nash - University of Missouri - Health Care 
Jamie Powers - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Byanka Sallis - Centene Corporation
Kasi Stegemann - University of Missouri - Columbia
Lauren Taylor - Home State Health
Amy Vinson - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Dawn Keiser - Home State Health

NICU / PICU - St. Louis Children's Hospital 
Michelle  Allen - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Katie Blaha - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Lisa A Cummings - SSM Health - Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Courtney Kenkel - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Susan Kirkman - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Meghan Korte - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Lisa Meinzen - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Anna Miller - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Julie Nickles - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital 
Karen Prade - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Carly  Wheeler - Saint Louis Children's Hospital

NURSING ADMINISTRATION - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Carol Ellis - Mercy Hospital - South
Jennifer Garnica - SSM Health - Saint Louis University Hospital
Elizabeth Gillam - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Gena Hodapp - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital 
Catherine Jamerson - SSM Health - St. Mary's Hospital 
Teresa Pasley - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Julie Scherder - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Jennifer Schwartz - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Ryan Michael Simms - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Barbara Vancil - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
John Wagoner - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Bethany Westlake - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

PEDIATRICS - Mercy Hospital
Kelsey Ahlheim - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Katherine Brecht - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Deanna Carter - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Janette Coble - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Allison Galiley - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Maggie Klobe - SSM Health - Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Nichole Meyer - Centene Corporation
Tessa Patterson - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Jessica Price - Home State Health
Angela Ruffino - Saint Louis Children's Hospital

RESEARCH - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville  
Esmeralda Carrillo - Mercy Hospital - Joplin
Pearlena Hamlet - Mercy Hospital - Springfield
Ann Popkess - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Linda M. Schultz - Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Linda Thompson - Mercy Hospital - Springfield
Crystal Tindall - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Kari Vigna - Saint Louis Children's Hospital

RISING STAR - Marryville University
Katie Baldwin - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Lauren Callow - Mercy Hospital - South
Haley Ellison - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kristen Faddis - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kelley Feeman - SSM Health - St. Mary’s Hospital
William Holt - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kelley McGuire - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Regina Oppelz - Mercy Hospital - South
Cassandra Steitz - SSM Health - DePaul Hospital
Alyssa Tromp - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Cassidy Norman - Barnes-Jewish Hospital

STUDENT NURSE 
Kady Cecena - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Robert Ehrhardt - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Caroline Pate - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Kristina Sandler - University of Missouri - St. Louis
Michelle Schaefer - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Hannah Wessels - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson

SURGICAL SERVICES 
Mikayla Barlow - Mercy Hospital - South
Regina Chambers - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jorgie Dacamara - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Cathleen Fenton - Belleville Memorial Hospital
Hasima Hajdini - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Jennifer Kronk - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Mindy Mallinckrodt - Mercy Hospital - Lincoln
Kimberly O’Dell - Mercy Hospital - Jefferson
Lindsey O'Neal - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Joanna Preisser - Saint Louis Children's Hospital
April Thomas - BJC Healthcare Boone Medical Group Surgery
Julie Willen - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

WOMEN'S HEALTH & OBSTETRICS - SSM Health
Karen Blythe - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Sarah Jasper - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Julie Long - Mercy Hospital - South
Kristine Morrell - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Regina Ritter - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Tabitha Short - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Theresa Smith - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Elizabeth Stuesse - Maryville University
Jaculin Wankum - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis
Ashley Wittler - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Cheryl Wormington - Mercy Hospital - St. Louis

 

GIVE A GIFT IN TRIBUTE TO HONOR AN OUTSTANDING NURSE

Honor a nurse or group of Nurses through a GIFT IN TRIBUTE online.

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, chapter volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes:  leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Nurse of the Year Awards supports this mission, while also paying tribute to exceptional nurses throughout the community. Honor a nurse, or group of nurses, through a TRIBUTE GIFT.

Want to do more? Start your own fundraising page by clicking here. Each JoinMe page can be personalized for you to share your story or honor a special nurse(s) that have inspired you!

BECOME A SPONSOR

The March of Dimes celebrates nursing in the most meaningful way, through partnerships with hospitals, health care facilities, organizations, vendors and individuals. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Nurse of the Year event, providing integration and civic engagement while playing tribute to nurses. We look forward to discussing your partnership with the March of Dimes.

Please contact Caye Hagarty at (314) 513-9968 or chagarty@marchofdimes.org.

EVENT LEADERSHIP

The 2018 Nurse of the Year committee is led by Dr. Elizabeth Buck, Maryville University and Dr. Joan Smith, St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Event Vice Chairs:
Laura Bernaix, SIUE
Kathy Bonser, SSM Health


Nurse of the Year Executive Leadership Team:
Cathy Abrams, St. Anthony's
Julie Brooks, Mercy
Kimberly Danchus, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Karen Gist, SSM Health
Cathy Koeln, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Anna Novoa, Home State Health
Dr. Bonnie Stegman, Maryville University

LEADING THE FIGHT FOR ALL MOMS AND BABIES

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. 

From advocacy to education to research, we are working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We are radically improving the healthcare they receive. We are pioneering research to find solutions. We are empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. 

By supporting Nurse of the Year Awards and investing in March of Dimes, you are helping to build a brighter future for us all. 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: