Susquehanna Health celebrates National Nurses Week

In conjunction with National Nurses Week, Susquehanna Health honored its nurses at the 20th annual Recognition and Awards Banquet May 7 at Genetti Hotel and Suite’s Grand Ballroom, Williamsport.

Susan Duchman, vice president of operations and chief nursing officer, welcomed the nearly 250 nurses in attendance and Rev. John Charnock, Director of Pastoral Care, Volunteer Services and Mission Integration and Ethics, lead a solemn invocation in honor of the caregivers.

Following dinner, Steve Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, extended his gratitude to the tireless effort nurses exemplify in order to do their job. “On behalf of our board of directors, our medical staff and our entire leadership team, thank you for your courage and commitment, your discipline and dedication and your passion and persistence. It is because of each and every one of you that our hospital can provide world-class care to our patients and communities.”

Among the Friends Acknowledging Nurses (FAN) award winners were Bobbie Woolcock (Sister Jean Mohl Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Leadership and Community Service), Juliann Gombosi (Pat Stopper Award for Excellence in Nursing Management), Barbara Reeder (Carol Fry Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice), Jeannine Sheddy (Ellen Taylor Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Care Clinical Practice), Jennifer Wesneski (Catino Award for Excellence in Critical Care Clinical Practice), Teresa Robinson (Life’s Work Award), Dawn Weltroth (Elmcroft-Hospice Award) and Brett Woodling (Best Practices/EMCARE Emergency Award for Excellence in Emergency Care Clinical Practice).

Recipients of the Above Clinical Excellence (ACE) Awards were April Frank, Shawn Ritchey, Celia Bower, Janai Arbogast, Faith Pratt, Donna Tokarz, Jan Kirby and Brittany Woodling

The 2013 winner of the Innovation Award was the Muncy Valley Hospital II Main Unit Council.

The dinner capped off a week of celebratory and informational events for Susquehanna Health’s nurses which included nursing open forums, video presentations, luncheons and blessing of the hands ceremonies.

National Nurses Week focuses attention on the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of nurses nationwide. The week began May 6, which was also Registered Nurse Recognition Day, and ended May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.