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12 Nurses Awarded Top Honors by the March of Dimes

12 Nurses Awarded Top Honors by the March of Dimes

Credit: March of Dimes

by Betsy Robertson

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards Presented to Exceptional Nurses Out of 150 Nominees

In recognition of nurses whose extraordinary efforts stand out, the March of Dimes Washington Chapter held its eleventh annual Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards honoring local nurses. The event, which took place today at the Meydenbauer Conference Center, was presented by Premera Blue Cross. Chair of the event was Kim Williams, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
RNs working at all staff levels in Western Washington were honored in 12 categories surrounded by their peers; nursing professionals who every day set the standards of outstanding patient care. That’s exactly what the Nurse of the Year award celebration is about. The atmosphere is always charged with anticipation and joy as the honorees are announced. This year the winners included:

•    Patient/Clinical Care – Laura Mills of Sammamish with Swedish Medical Center
•    Leadership – Debbie Raniero of Tacoma with Franciscan Health System
•    Innovation/Creativity – Marisa Gillaspie-Aziz of Renton with St. Joseph Medical Center
•    Educational Champion – Patricia Blissitt of Seattle with Harborview Medical Center
•    Research/Advancing the Profession –Lindsay Boyd of Seattle with University of Washington Medical Center
•    Advocacy for Patients – Dianne Clancy of Seattle with Seattle Children's Hospital
•    Community Volunteer – Heather Guthrie of Mountlake Terrace with Swedish Edmonds
•    Mentoring – Anita Shoup of Edmonds with Swedish Edmonds
•    Rising Star – Janet Bowen of Bothell with Overlake Hospital Medical Center
•    New Generation – Stacy Woodard of Seattle with South Seattle Community College
•    Perinatal/Pediatric – Samantha Thomas of Puyallup with Madigan Army Medical Center
•    Distinguished Nurse of the Year – Linda Maschhoff of Seattle with Swedish Ballard

KING5 News Anchor Jean Enersen was the emcee.

The presenting sponsor was Premera Blue Cross. The platinum sponsor was Pediatrix Medical Group. The gold sponsor was Seattle Children’s Hospital.  The anniversary sponsor was Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.  The silver sponsors were EvergreenHealth, Harrison Medical Center, Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Medical Group and UW Medicine.  The community sponsors were Group Health Cooperative, Salal Credit Union, Virginia Mason, Washington State Nurses Association and KING 5.

This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life.  More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. 

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook @marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter @marchofdimeswa


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