celebrating nursing excellence together to help moms and babies

DATE: Tuesday, December 1, 2020  |  Time: 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Virtual Event
ADDRESS: On-Line, Virtual, OH 43215

This year the event will be held virtually.  More information will come.  If you have any questions please contact [email protected] 


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The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession by recognizing extraordinary
nurses throughout the community. Nurse of the Year events honor those who make a
difference in the lives of so many. Nominations are now closed. If you were a nominated Nurse, you have until October 23rd to complete that application.


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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  March of Dimes.

Please contact Sharon Matsudo for more information by Email Here


Nurse of the Year Awards is an awards event and fundraiser that brings together the healthcare community to recognize nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation, and leadership. Twenty-one awards will be presented to the most outstanding nurses within each category. In 2019, we were represented by over 50 health systems and universities across the state of Ohio.

For the safety of all our families, nurses, and community members, we have decided to have a virtual event this year.

Recognized as the year of the nurse and midwife, we are excited to celebrate the efforts of our Ohio nurses and midwives. The impact nurses have had in this time of crisis has been tremendous and now, more than ever, we need to recognize and celebrate the Year of the Nurse.

Nurses are first nominated by peers, nurse managers, supervisors or even the families they have impacted. Following, each nurse is asked to submit an application to be considered. Each application is carefully reviewed and scored by a committee of Chief Nursing Officers and other nurses in the health care community in the state of Ohio. To view this year's award categories, click here.

Learn more about how we are coming together in new and exciting ways in 2020.  We will update this page as we finalize our plans.  We hope you reach out directly! Contact Sharon Matsudo at [email protected] for more information.



Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your 100% tax-deductible gift helps March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

COVID-19 SUPPORT: The pandemic is putting the health of mom and baby even more at risk. Your support Provides:
  • Research for COVID-19 treatments ensuring they are inclusive and safe for pregnant and lactating women
  • Resources and training for doctors & nurses in the ICU/NICU who are fighting tirelessly for moms and babies every day
  • Opportunities for maternal and child health experts, expectant moms and new parents to come together to get the latest news, information, and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare for birth and caring for a newborn at home

HEALTH EQUITY FOR MOMS AND BABIES: The U.S. faces a maternal and infant health crisis. It remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, with significant ethnic and racial disparities existing in health care. To improve health outcomes for moms and babies, health care systems must address threats to good health. Research shows one potential threat is implicit bias- the attitudes and stereotypes that affect an individual's understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

To donate, select the "Purchase Now" button at the top of the page and select Fund the Mission.

  • Support investments nationally and locally to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health
  • Provide on-demand training for staff at one hospital on topics to improve care and support, including easing parent trauma in the NICU and caring for the caregiver
  • Provide moms-to-be access to our Supportive Pregnancy Care Program 

  • Help 10 women access quality prenatal care
  • Advocate efforts needed to help those families impacted by COVID-19

  • Provide four moms-to-be access to our Supportive Pregnancy Care program 
  • Honor three military families with the specialized support of a military mom baby shower

  • Help five families feel at ease in the NICU with support and education

  • Support a NICU family at their bedside to help them navigate the challenges of having a pre-term baby 

  • Provide baby items for women who complete a prenatal education program

Saving babies is what we do.  It's what we’ve always done.  And we want to do it together with you! Your support is critical to ensure that "every baby has a fighting chance!" 


 March of Dimes is proud to honor the 2019 Ohio Nurse of the Year Award winners.

Advanced Practice

Sheila Chucta

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ambulatory Care

Michelle Bender

Summa Health System 
Akron City Hospital

Behavioral Health

Susan Brammer

University of Cincinnati

Case Management / Managed Care

Suzanne Miller

The Cleveland Clinic

Critical Care

Jessie Grubb

Miami Valley Hospital


Timiya Nolan

The Ohio State University 
Wexner Medical Center

Quality & Risk Management, Infection Control, and Research

Marcie Niemi

University Hospitals
Case Medical Center

Educator- Academia

Roxanne Oliver

Mt. Carmel College of Nursing

Educator- Health Care Delivery

Karen Prescott

Cleveland Clinic
Hillcrest Hospital


Michele Reali-Sorrell

Cleveland Clinic 
Main Campus

General Medical/Surgical

Shauna Anderson

Summa Health System
Akron City Hospital

Hospice and Palliative Care

Susan Thrane

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Nursing Informatics

Barb Bungard

Akron Children's Hospital

Nurse Leadership

Janet Schuster

Cleveland Clinic
Lutheran Hospital

Nursing Student of the Year- Graduate Level

Eileen Faulds

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Nursing Student of the Year- Pre Licensure

Mason Elder

University of Cincinnati


Barb Saylor

Summa Health System
Akron Campus


Laura Olexa

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Public Health

Susan Breitenstein

The Ohio State University College of Nursing 

Quality & Risk Management, Infection Control, and Research

Marci Niemi

University Hospitals
Case Medical Center


Esther Chipps

The Ohio State University 
College of Nursing

Rising Star

Mackenzie Slack

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Surgical Services & Procedural Area

Kathleen Glaser

MetroHealth Medical Center

Women's Health

Heather Evans

University of Cincinnati 
West Chester Hospital