Thanking the Best of the Best

Mpls. St. Paul 2013 Outstanding Nurses Awards

Recognizing the unsung heroes of health care

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Outstanding Nurses Awards are given to the top nurses in the Twin Cities metro area. Nurses are nominated by peers, patients, and the general public, and finalists and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges and Mpls.St.Paul editorial staff.

Along with editorial staff, finalists and winners of the 2013 awards were chosen by two judges with a combined 50 years of experience. Nurses are chosen based on professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, and leadership. Additional weight is given to those who received multiple nominations from multiple sources and to those nominated by their patients.

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Outstanding Nurses Award Winners

Donald Brock
RN, Regions Hospital; Officer in Charge, Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team, 934th ASTS

Jan Baller
Lifetime Management
RN, Emergency, Regions Hospital

Johannes Koomen
Long-Term Care
Clinical Director, Presbyterian Homes and Services, Johanna Shores

Laurel Edinburgh
Children’s Health
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adolescent Child Abuse, Midwest Children’s Resource Center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Cyrus Batheja
Administrative Leadership
National Corporate Director, Medicaid Community Programs, UnitedHealth Group; Founder-President, Batheja SLS & Licensed Care On-Call

Laurel Edinburgh
Children’s Health
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adolescent Child Abuse Midwest Children’s Resource Center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Sandy Greenquist
Women’s Health
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Co-Owner and Director Menopause Center of Minnesota

Jodi Shewczyk
Cancer Care
RN, Regions Hospital

Erin Mehta
Clinic Setting
RN and Clinic Manager, Center for Victims of Torture

JoAnn Geiser
School Nurse
RN, Convent of the Visitation School

Gretchen Moen
Nurse Practitioner
Executive Director, Lab Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Eagan Child and Family Clinic

Jessica Quinlan-Woodward
Hospital Setting
Medical/Surgical floor, Cancer Care Coordinator for the esophageal and gastric program, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Jeff Paurus
Nurse Educator
RN and Nursing Instructor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Normandale Community College)

Jennifer Bucka
Rising Star
RN, Pediatric Intensive Care, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Outstanding Nurses Award Finalists

Jane Alwine
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Ruth Anderson
Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.

Carol Berg

Catherine Bowlin
University of Minnesota Physicians

Kate Boydstun
University of Minnesota Medical Center

Robin Braun
Metropolitan Cardiac Services

Elizabeth Carroll
University of Minnesota Physicians

Mary Chesney
University of Minnesota Medical Center

Wendy Dahl
Regions Hospital

Cassie Dunn
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Mary DuPlessis-Tchida
Hennepin County Medical Center

Claudia Eng
Mount Oliet Rolling Acres

Michael Flynn
Fairview University Medical Center

Tyler Graf
Fairview Southdale Hospital

John Gray
Hennepin County Medical Center

Trent Heather
Hennepin County Medical Center

Catherine Hennessey
U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital

David Hildebrandt
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Nicole Hinzie
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Nancy Hoogenhous
Fairview Health Services, Andover

Athena Johnson
University of Minnesota Physicians

Luann Kibira
University of Minnesota Physicians

Kathleen Kopp
University of Minnesota Medical Center

Tamara Langeberg
Minneapolis Heart Institute

Meghan LaVelle
Woodwinds Health Campus

Jessica LeMay
United Hospital

Jill Lunsford Lee
U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Joan Madsen

Jeanne McCormick Bates
Hennepin County Medical Center

Ruth McNamara
Midwest Spine Institute

Diana Nissen
Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Susan Pappas-Varco
Breast Center, University of Minnesota

Kelly Radke
Regions Hospital

Colleen Roethke
Allina Health Services

Cynthia Sawtell
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Jill Scholz
Consulting Radiologists

Michael Scribner-O’Pray
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Jim Shanesy
Hennepin County Medical Center

Kathryn Smith
Hudson Hospital and Clinics

Abby Spates
Regions Hospital

Thomas Stinson
St. Paul Public Schools

Jill Wall
Pediatric Home Service

Denise White
Hennepin County Medical Center

Vicky White
Eisenhower Elementary, Xing Xing Academy

Dana Whiteman
University of Minnesota Physicians

Aleda Xiong
Lakeview Hospital

Joannie Yerke
Midwest Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists

Kelly Young
United Hospital

Barbara Zust
Gustavus Adolphus College

‘Good Catch’ Award Recognizes Hospital Professionals for Safety

Several Twin Cities hospital caregivers have been recognized for identifying and preventing events that potentially could have harmed patients.

This MHA awards program honors Minnesota hospital professionals who “speak up” to prevent potential harm to patients. They were nominated and selected because their actions prevented a possible adverse event that had the potential to directly affect patients had they not taken action.

Sheila Parr, RN, Methodist Hospital, was recognized for her idea to reduce the spread of Clostridium difficile or C. diff. This bacterium, which has become more pervasive and more serious in recent years, can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Older people are especially vulnerable. Sheila had the idea to put plastic washable pull cords on the call lights in hospital bathrooms to prevent the spread of C.Diff. Her innovative thinking directly improved patient safety.

Tim Dulac, RPh, a pharmacist at Bethesda Hospital, was working as a decentral pharmacist, and was monitoring the patients on warfarin. He noted that several of the patients had lab tests which had results that seemed odd to him. These patients had been in the proper therapeutic range on their warfarin therapy, but these most recent INRs were all out of range, with no apparent reason. He suspected that there was a problem with the lab, and contacted the lab staff to look into it. He was right! There was an error with the lab test – one that even the routine QA checks of their testing process did not catch. The labs were re-run, and the patients did not require dosage adjustments.

If Tim had just followed the lab results without critically thinking about them and then adjusted the warfarin doses, those patients would have potentially been over- or under-dosed on a high risk blood thinning medication.

Chris Massie , RN, Surgery Admit Unit, at St. John’s Hospital, noticed that the hospital’s Pre-Admit Unit did not stock 20 percent Lipids. This unit is where the anesthesia blocks are performed. Local anesthetic toxicity can occur resulting in convulsions and asystole or cardiac arrest; 20 percent Lipids has been shown to reverse the toxicity and the induced asystole. Chris notified appropriate leadership to be sure that at least one bottle of 20 percent Lipids is on the unit and accessible at all times.

The “Good Catch for Patient Safety Award” is presented by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

(From Park Nicollet “Nurses Connect,” March 2012 and “This Week @ HealthEast,” May 29, 2012)