Nine Nurses Nominated for March of Dimes Awards

August 30, 2013

One of nine Mercy Hospital Jefferson nurses
to be nominated for a March of Dimes' 2013
 Nurse of the Year award, Elena May Plaza
holds newborn Makena Lynns Stanley of Festus.    

CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Jefferson is proud to announce that nine nurses have been nominated to receive a 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award. Nominees represent excellence in approximately 20 award categories. Winners will be announced at a special awards gala on Nov. 9 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.


Mercy Hospital Jefferson nurses who were nominated for the award this year include Randy Bohnert, Debbie Custodio, Angela DeLeal, Brenda Johnston, Tara Messer, Elena May Plaza, Shirley Tucker, Claudia Winebarger and JoAnne Wolo.


March of Dimes honors nurses who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service. Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, volunteer or adviser, nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of March of Dimes.


We are extremely proud of all our nurses at Mercy Jefferson," said Sheila Julien, chief nursing officer. "These nominees represent the many diverse roles held by caregivers at the hospital, and they exemplify our entire staff for providing compassionate care to our patients every day."


Exceptional nurses employed in the state of Missouri and the Illinois counties of Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe, and Randolph are eligible for the March of Dimes awards.


A selection committee comprised of health care professionals will determine the winners by screening the nomination forms in a blinded review process. Dr. Jan DeMasters, President of the St. Louis Campus of Chamberlain College of Nursing, is chairing the Nurse of the Year committee.


The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state, celebrating the profession, and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.