November 13, 2013
Richmond, Va. (Nov. 13, 2013) — Four HCA Virginia nurses recently were recognized at the March of Dimes Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards Gala.
The awards, which celebrate the nursing profession and create awareness of the recent strides made in the growing field, recognize nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion and service. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of the Commonwealth’s citizens.
The 2013 Virginia Nurse of the Year Award Recipients from HCA Virginia are:
- Kimberly Hemphill, behavioral health, Tucker Pavilion
- Laura Lane, NICU, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
- Kelly Anchell, oncology, Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital
- Karen Roesser, research nurse/author, Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital
The gala chair of this year’s event was Toni Rice, vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services for HCA Capital Division, HCA Virginia.
Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in 20 award categories. More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide, including over 500 in Virginia. Of these 500 nominees, more than 300 submitted thorough applications, listing their educational achievements and career accomplishments.
All applications were blinded and then reviewed by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals and nursing leaders from across the Commonwealth, scoring each applicant according to established awards criteria.
Twenty categories of nursing disciplines were filled by 3-5 top nurse finalists, for a total of 96 nurse finalists in all. Each nurse finalist received a complimentary seat at the gala, a certificate of achievement, corsage and “2013 Nurse of the Year Finalist” badge pin.
Award recipients were announced at a gala held at the Richmond Omni, each receiving an engraved glass award, along with gifts.
There were a total of 21 nurses honored during the event. For a complete list of honorees and their bios, visit marchofdimes.com/Virginia.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.