2016 GEM Award National Winners

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Excellence in Community Care


Michele Rubin, MSN, BSN, APN, CSN-BC, CGRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Colorectal Surgery
University of Chicago Medicine

Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Lauren Micale, BSN, RN, CPHON
Clinical Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, APN, GNP-BC, CHSE
Director of Simulation Education
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.

Excellence in Management


Tamre Del Valle, MSN, RN
Director of ED and Cardiac Cath Lab
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Kimberly Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP
Deputy Agency Director, Correctional Health Services
County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Santa Ana, Calif

2016 GEM Award Regional Winners

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2016 GEM Award West Winners

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Deborah Lang Rice, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Garrison Medical Clinic Palmdale/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Clinical Faculty, UCLA School of Nursing

Excellence in Community Care


Valerie Hayes, PhD, MN, PMHNP-BC,
CARN-AP, APHN-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Integrated Community Care
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Carol Stevens, PhD, RN
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Kimberly Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP
Deputy Agency Director, Correctional Health Services
County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Santa Ana, Calif

Excellence in Management


Tamre Del Valle, MSN, RN
Director of ED and Cardiac Cath Lab
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif.

Rising Star


Alyse Straub, MSN, RN, PCCN
Clinical Nurse, Progressive Care
Sharp Grosmont Hospital, La Mesa, Calif.

2016 GEM Award Northeast Winners

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Jennifer Dorman, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rapid Response Team
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Excellence in Community Care


Daniella Casimir, DNP, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York City

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, APN, GNP-BC, CHSE
Director of Simulation Education
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Jennifer O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC
CNO and Vice President of Patient Care Services
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.

Excellence in Management


Laura Iacono, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, CNML
Nurse Manager, Neurosurgical ICU
North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.

Rising Star


Sonja Schwartzbach, RN
Registered Nurse, CTICU
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.

2016 GEM Award Mid-Atlantic Winners

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Lauren Micale, BSN, RN, CPHON
Clinical Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.

Excellence in Community Care


Meghan Walker, MSN, RN, CBCN
Breast Nurse Navigator
Paoli (Pa.) Hospital

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Gwyn Parris-Atwell, MSN, RN, APN-C,
CEN, FAEN, CS

Nurse Practitioner, Employee Health, Kennedy Health
Chief Nurse, 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, USAF Reserve Unit, McGuire Air Force Base

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Janet Davies, MSN, RN, APN, CCNS, CENP
Vice President of Patient Care Services
Inspira Health Network – Vineland/Elmer

Excellence in Management


Stephan McDonald, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Dept.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia

Rising Star


Rachel Lehman, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, MICU
Abington (Pa.) Hospital Jefferson Health

2016 GEM Award Midwest Winners

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Debra Skopec, BSN, NIC-BC
Neonatal Outcomes RN
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn, IL

Excellence in Community Care


Michele Rubin, MSN, BSN, APN, CSN-BC, CGRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Colorectal Surgery
University of Chicago Medicine

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Pediatric Intensive Care
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Patricia Nedved, MSN, RN, CENP, FABC
Acting Chief Nursing Officer
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Excellence in Management


Diane Stonner, MSN, RN, APN, RNC-NIC
Patient Care Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Northwestern Medicine/Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago

Rising Star


David Chilicki, BSN, RN, ONC
Nurse Clinician, Exceptional Practice
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest (Ill.) Hospital

2016 GEM Award South & New GEM States Winners

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


Ann Benedict, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Staff Nurse, PICU
The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Excellence in Community Care


Allison Lowderman, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Doctor, The Center for Concussion Management
The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.

Excellence in Education and Mentorship


Kathleen Atwell, MSN, RN-BC
Education Coordinator, Education Department
Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South, Burleson, Texas

Excellence in Executive Leadership


Pamela Dotson, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

Excellence in Management


Anna Liza Fernandez, MSN, BSN, RN, CSSM
Nurse Manager, Perioperative
West Palm Beach (Fla.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Rising Star


Colleen McKay, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, CVCU
Houston (Tex.) Methodist Willowbrook Hospital