UPMC Susquehanna celebrates nurses week

“As nurses, it is our life’s work to help heal. We offer care and compassion to those in need and change lives every day,” said Jan Fisher, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as she addressed the crowd during UPMC Susquehanna’s 23rd annual Nurses Recognition and Awards Banquet held May 10 at the Scottish Rite, Williamsport. Nearly 300 nurses were in attendance.

Among the Friends Acknowledging Nurses (FAN) Award winners were:

Becky Folmar, RN (Life’s Work Award for Nursing Excellence); Rose Mattiace, CRNP (Sister Jean Mohl Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Leadership and Community Service); Sharon Adams, RN (Pat Stopper Award for Excellence in Nursing Management); Emily MacCready, RN, (Carol Fry Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice); Janet Paterson, RN, (Ellen Taylor Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Care Clinical Practice); Ashley Mazzante, RN, (Catino Award for Excellence in Critical Care Clinical Practice); April Hartzel-Lewis, RN, (Hospice Award); Sadie Steppe, RN (Neuroscience Award); and Amanda Wadsworth, RN, (Best Practices/EMCARE Emergency Award for Excellence in Emergency Care Clinical Practice).

Recipients of the Above Clinical Excellence (ACE) Awards were Erika Goode, RN (Rising Star); Alexandra Miele, RN (Nightingale Award); Craig Schaefer, RN (Champion of Dignity & Respect); Deborah Horriat, RN (Sundown Nurse); Joy Garverick, RN (Patient Care and Safety Facilitators); Deanna Shamsie, RN (Leadership Team); Stephanie Reed, RN (Mentor/Preceptor); Lee Oyler, LPN (LPN); Jill Kline, RN (Outpatient Nurses Award); Rupa Porob, RN (Long-Term Care Nurses); Josh Pauling, RN (Leading with Wisdom); Wendy Fetzer, CRNP (Advanced Professional); Amanda Raymond, RN (Educator); and Ashley Krause, RN (Nursing Informatics).

“As nurses, we are out there every day making a difference,” said Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing executive. “We are world-class care providers, and our compassion to help others is what truly matters and sets us apart. Nurses are the heart of our organization, and it’s because of you that we can do what we do every day.”

The dinner capped off a week of celebratory and informational events for UPMC Susquehanna nurses including research poster 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.