Beebe Healthcare Announces 2019 Nursing Award Recipients

The award recipients and committee members pose for a photo at the 2019 Nursing Excellence Awards. Pictured left to right are: Chief Nursing Officer Steve Rhone, Laura Smith, award recipient Karen Pickard, award recipient Charlotte Buoni, award recipient
Beebe Healthcare’s Nurses Celebrating Nurses Committee presented the 2019 Nursing Excellence Awards in May. This year, there were 39 nominees in seven award categories. 
 
The awards were presented during National Nurses Week at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach.
 
“Nurses impact patients throughout the entire continuum of care,” said Rick Schaffner, RN, Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and COO of Beebe Healthcare. “We are proud to celebrate all of our nurses as they deliver the highest level of quality and patient experience to the people we are privileged to serve.”
 
The evening consisted of guest speakers and award recognition. The main guest speaker was Sally Cohen, a grateful patient. 
 
Ann Sebastian and members of the Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Rehoboth Beach recognized the 2018 VIA Scholarship recipient, Patricia Rowley. 
 
Three of the 2018-19 DAISY award recipients were also highlighted during the ceremony:  Brooke Talbot, Anne Villalobos, and Liz Wilson. 
 
A new award was added to this year’s ceremony, presented by Beebe Medical Foundation. The new Nursing Philanthropy Award was presented to Karen Pickard, MSN, RN, CNE, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing Program Administrator. The award, which will be presented each year, is given to a nurse whose career and service to the community embodies several or all of the following criteria: 
Nominees have been recognized by grateful patients through the Celebrate Excellent Care program. 
Nominees attend or volunteer at Beebe Medical Foundation events or have organized a fundraising event benefitting the Beebe Medical Foundation.
Nominees are active donors, Giving Hands Society members, or 1916 Club members and are willing to speak with donors about philanthropy.
 
“Without our nurses, we would not be able to provide the high level of care that we do – every day – for our community,” said Steve Rhone, RN, BSN, MS, NE-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Beebe Healthcare. “Our nurses take great pride in making our healthcare system outstanding. This day every year is special because we are able to recognize their efforts.”
 
The event was made possible by the generosity of Rusty Rudder owner, Alex Pires, and the staff who ensured a memorable evening, said Laura Smith, of the Nurses Celebrating Nurses Committee.
 
“To be nominated means someone took the time to recognize the nursing excellence found at Beebe Healthcare,” Smith said. “During the 8th annual Nursing Excellence Awards, 39 nurses were nominated. Even though this only honors 3% of our nurses and nursing assistants, Beebe appreciates all the care our colleagues provide on a daily basis. It is always special to honor the nominees and winners, especially with great weather at a great venue.”
 
Below is the entire list of nominees and award recipients. This year’s award recipients are bolded.
 
Bonnie Austin Nursing Leadership
Charlotte Buoni
Loretta Ostroski                
Shelly Robinson                
Tracy Williams   
 
Connie Bushey Nursing Scholarship 
Morgan Mast     
Alison Watson   
Taryn Zimmerman 
         
Eleanor Cordrey Nursing Excellence 
Jillian Abbott     
Shawna Mayles 
Caitlin Owens    
Megan Roy         
Anne Villalobos
 
Holly Rader Advanced Practice Nursing Excellence 
Betsy Frederick 
Kim Travis       
   
Professional Mentor Nursing Excellence 
Jessica Ketterman           
Michelle Fletcher             
Meta Sharp-Franz
Susan Maross    
Janie Wells        
 
Graduate Nurse Excellence
Angela Gleysteen            
Dawn Head         
Amanda Heath 
Alex Rizzo            
Hannah Remo
   
Certified Nursing Assistant Excellence
Henry Brisco
Sarah Chorman 
Cynthia Derstine              
Gina Knapp        
Vicky Mallet       
Laura Marcu       
Michelle Morris 
Sheena Purnell 
Camryn Upchurch            
Brittany Yeo       
 
Medical Foundation Nurse Philanthropy 
Karen Pickard 
 
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!
 
Pictured:  The award recipients and committee members pose for a photo at the 2019 Nursing Excellence Awards. Pictured left to right are: Chief Nursing Officer Steve Rhone, Laura Smith, award recipient Karen Pickard, award recipient Charlotte Buoni, award recipient Morgan Mast, DAISY recipient and Committee member Brooke Talbot, award recipient Amanda Heath, award recipient Jillian Abbott, award recipient Gina Knapp, award recipient Janie Wells, DAISY recipient Anne Villalobos, award recipient Kim Travis, DAISY recipient Liz Wilson, and VIA scholarship award recipient Patricia Rowley.