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Nursing Recognition Awards at UPMC Susquehanna

Each year during our Annual Nursing Banquet, nurses who have been nominated in each of the various categories are recognized and the winners are presented with their awards. Many of these awards are made possible through generous donations from members of the community in memory of loved ones.

Friends Acknowledging Nurses (FAN) Award Program

A fund developed by Providence Health System to recognize, support and help nursing professionals throughout UPMC Susquehanna. FAN enables our organization to retain nurses and help them meet the challenges they encounter in their changing and growing profession.

FAN helps provide funds to support:

  • Recognition awards for outstanding nursing practice to encourage and maintain high standards of professionalism.
  • Continuing education programs and conference opportunities for our nursing professionals.
  • Scholarships for nurses to support their nursing education.

The FAN Awards are recognizing nurses who demonstrate outstanding Care behaviors and clinical excellence in specific areas.

Sr. Jean Mohl Award: Dave Watral, RN - “Outstanding Nurse” For Excellence in Clinical Practice, Leadership and Community Service
Pat Stopper Award: Kathyrn Kleckner, RN - For Excellence in Nursing Management
Carol Fry Award: Amy Bower, RN - For Excellence in Clinical Practice
Ellen Taylor Award: Rebecca Castle, RN - For Excellence in Obstetrical Care Clinical Practice
Catino Award: Loretta Park, RN - For Excellence in Critical Care Clinical Practice
Life’s Work Award: Cyndy Whipple, RN - For Nursing Excellence in Honor of Marie Zurinsky
Hospice Award: Amber Evock, RN
Best Practices Emergency Award for Excellence in Emergency Care Clinical Practice: Andrea Liebersohn, RN
Neuroscience Award: Jessica Tote, RN

Above Clinical Excellence (ACE) Award Program

The ACE Award Program was developed to recognize our nursing professionals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in their specific area of nursing such as Clinical Practice, Nurse Manager, Outpatient Services, Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse.

Award Recipients

Ace Awards

The ACE Awards recognize exceptional nurses who demonstrate and maintain a level of professional practice "Above Clinical Excellence."

This Year’s Recipients:

Rising Star Award: Stephanie Grey, RN
Nightingale Award: Vanessa Slaughter, RN
Champion of Dignity & Respect Award: Laura Miller, RN
Sundown Nurse Award: Karen Bennett, RN 
Patient Care and Safety Facilitators Award: Brooke Gordner, RN
Leadership Team Award: Rachel Borek, RN
Mentor/Preceptor Award:  Kathleen Keiser, RN
LPN Award: Brooke Scott Knecht, LPN
Outpatient Nurses Award: Lori Mann, RN
Long-Term Care Nurses Award: Jennifer Woodworth, LPN
Leading with Wisdom Award: Rachel Nolan, RN
Advanced Professional Award: Veniese Lawrence, RN
Educator Award: Kate Girio, RN
Nursing Informatics Award: Yvonne Martin, RN

New Awards for 2018

Angelina’s Dream Award: Tiffany Rainey, LPN - Recognizing an LPN committed to the journey to RN licensure. 

UPMC Susquehanna Experience Award: Nursing Unit, UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors

Nurse of the Year Awards

  • Emily Shelly, RN
  • Mary Esslinger, RN
  • Melissa Shields, RN
  • Elizabeth Halterman, RN
  • Sandra Pecynski, RN
  • Corrina Gnoffo, RN

UPMC Susquehanna is proud to recognize our talented and compassionate nurses who, through their daily service and interactions, extend healing and care to the communities of North Central Pennsylvania.