UPMC | Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report

The following UPMC nurses have been acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing panel for their contributions to the field in 2016: Leadership/Executive Heather Ambrose, director of nursing Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Dawndra Jones, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services, UPMC McKeesport Marianne McConnell, chief nursing information officer, UPMC Kristen Straka, senior director Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Shelley Watters, director of cultural excellence, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Advanced Practice Nurse Jamie Bloch, CRNP Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Jennifer Diserio, CRNP, Children’s South Mary Kish, NNP, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Yolanda C. Lang, CRNP, UPMC Jennifer Troutman, NNP Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Clinician Stacey Cote, unit director Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Jodi Licata, programmatic nurse Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Cynthia Shaffer, clinician, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Jessica Weale, professional staff nurse, UPMC East Academic Angela Balistrieri, director Mercy Hospital School of Nursing UPMC NURSES HONORED BY PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE A panel of regional nursing leaders, educators, and administrators selected and recognized several local nurses for their extraordinary work within the profession. Honorees were awarded in the categories of leadership/ executive, advanced practitioner, clinician, academic, researcher, and international/entrepreneur. Congratulations to Diane Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of operations and patient care services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, who was announced as the leadership/executive honoree. “Nurses are unquestionably the key to the strength of our region’s excellence in health care. The nearly 40 individuals being recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine are exemplars of the depth of what Pittsburgh nurses bring to our community,” says Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN, chief nurse executive, UPMC. “I am especially proud of our UPMC nurses, who are seen as leaders in professional practice, driving patient care, research and clinical outcomes, governing academics and education, and influencing care across a continuum of settings.” NIGHTINGALE AWARDS At the 2016 Annual Pennsylvania Nightingale Awards Gala, two UPMC nurses were among more than 100 nominees from across the commonwealth. More than 100 nurses were selected for recognition in one of nine categories including Advanced Practice RN, Clinical Practice LPN, Leader/Manager, Nursing Education-Academia, Nursing Education-Staff Development, Nursing Research, and Patient Choice Award. Dawndra Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, and vice president, Patient Care Services, UPMC McKeesport, received the Nursing Administration-Executive/CNO Award. Nellann Nipper, RNC, NNP-BC, nurse educator, UPMC Hamot, won the Nursing Education-Staff Development Award. “I am so proud of Dawndra and Nellann for receiving Nightingale Awards and for their professional contributions to UPMC,” says Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN, chief nurse executive, UPMC. “Dawndra is a visionary leader, and an innovative thinker, who creates a supportive environment for her nurses and promotes the advancement of our profession. Nellann inspires both nursing students and her nurse colleagues to pursue the knowledge and skills needed to practice comprehensive and compassionate care. Both nurses are so deserving of this recognition.” The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate, and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued. “I am so proud of Dawndra and Nellann for receiving Nightingale Awards and for their professional contributions to UPMC.” HOLLY LORENZ, MSN, RN CHIEF NURSE EXECUTIVE, UPMC CENTER FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence | 18

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