Anne Voss, a nurse practitioner at Mercy Care Now in Union, received a Nursing Excellence Award and will be featured in the May issue of St. Louis Magazine.
St. Louis Magazine announced the winners of the 2011 Excellence in Nursing awards at a reception April 20 in St. Louis. Debbie Hoel, practice manager for Mercy clinics nominated Voss for the award. “(Voss) does a lot for patients. They call her their provider, and she takes that role very seriously,” said Hoel. “She a very gifted nurse practitioner, one of the best I’ve ever seen, because she goes far beyond what is expected to make sure patients receive the care they need.”
Hoel added, “She’s just a phenomenal practitioner. If you’re a patient and you have something acute going on, she knows how to treat you and she also knows when you need to be referred elsewhere for specialty care. If you’re a fellow clinician, she is a role model.”
Voss said being nominated was a nice surprise and winning was humbling because she was surrounded by other nurses, each with their own professional background. “I was in very good company as a nominee, so it was very humbling when I heard them call my name,” said Voss. “I’m very happy to have won the award and very happy to have been considered. It’s nice to be recognized for your work, especially when it’s work you love. Nursing is a career that’s both challenging and very rewarding.”
St. Louis Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jarrett Medlin and AT HOME Editor-in-Chief Christy Marshall presented awards to 65 finalists. The overall winners in each category were announced for the first time at the reception. The Excellence in Nursing awards included 16 categories. Voss’s win was in the area of General Practice.
St. Louis Magazine received nearly 200 nominations for the awards contest. Those nominations were evaluated by a selection committee that chose the finalists. The selection committee of the 2011 Excellence in Nursing competition included Jeanne M. Floyd, former executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center; Jill Kliethermes, CEO of the Missouri Nurses Association; and Diane Twedell, vice president and chief nursing officer of Mayo Health System in Austin, Minn.
“Last year, our editors unveiled the inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards, and we didn’t know what to expect,” said Medlin. “The reception was so encouraging that we decided to continue the project for the second year in a row. We are honored to spotlight such a vital—though often unrecognized—sector of the medical field.”
Mercy Care Now, where Voss is a nurse practitioner, is an acute care, walk-in clinic located in Suite 500 in the Mercy Medical Arts Building, 1935 Prairie Dell Road in Union. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.