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Nurse of the Year - Oregon

DATE: Friday, June 7, 2019  |  Time: 8:30 AM
LOCATION: The Sentinel Hotel
ADDRESS: 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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Keynote Speaker

Susan Bakewell-Sachs is Vice President for Nursing Affairs, Professor, and Dean at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. Dr. Bakewell-Sachs has a clinical background as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is a nationally recognized scholar and clinical expert in the care of prematurely born infants, as well as a recognized expert in nursing education.  Dr. Bakewell-Sachs was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow, Cohort 2007, where her leadership development focused on strategic effectiveness and nursing education.  Prior to joining OHSU, Dr. Bakewell-Sachs served as Dean and Interim Provost at The College of New Jersey, and also served as the Program Director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, an RWJF program aimed at addressing the nurse faculty shortage through new curriculum models, faculty development, and academic-practice partnerships.  Dr. Bakewell-Sachs is an active member and leader in several national nursing organizations, and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and of the Oregon Action Coalition Steering Committee. Dr. Bakewell-Sachs is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Judy Tatman


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present Nurse of the Year events. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights, honoring more nurses than ever before. March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.

2019 NOTY Chair
  • Judy Tatman MSHA, BSN, RN / Regional Chief Nursing Officer / Providence Health & Services
Nominations/Selections Committee Members
  • Bobbie Bowman-Meza MSN, RN, IBCLC / Professional Practice Consultant, Ambulatory Nursing & Optimization / Kaiser Permanente
  • Megan Boyle DNP, RN, CNS, NE-BC / Regional Director for Clinical Operations / Providence Health & Services
  • Marie Curley MSN, RN, NE-BC / Nurse Manager, DCH PACU, Pediatric Sedation / OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
  • Shari Davis RN MSN MBA CENP  / Director Maternal, Critical, and Emergency Services  / Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
  • Deborah Eldredge PhD, RN / Director, Nursing Quality, Research, &Magnet Recognition / Oregon Health & Science University
  • Ben Farber DNP, RN, CNL, NEA-BC / Chief Nursing Officer / PeaceHealth - University District
  • Judy Geiger, RN BSN MBA / VP Patient Care Services / Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Cindy Hill, RN, BA, MSN,CNO, VP Nursing Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
  • Lisa Ketchum MSN, RN, NE-BC / Director, Women & Children's Service Line / Salem Hospital
  • Melisa Linnman MA, BSN, RN / Regional Business Executive Therapy / Hill-Rom
  • Ashlee O'Meara MSN-NL, BS-Ed, RN-BC, CEN / Manager, Nursing Professional Practice & Development / Kaiser Permanente
  • Donald Wenzler DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC / CNO/Vice President, Nursing Services / Mid Columbia Medical Center