2012 Outstanding Nurses: Meet the Winners

Twenty nurses recognized as unsung heros of health care.

  • Carol Droegemueller
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    Carol Droegemueller
    Regions Hospital Stroke Center
  • Connie Blackwell
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    Connie Blackwell
    North Metro Pediatrics
  • Dawn Bazarko
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    Dawn Bazarko
    UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement
  • Elaine Bell
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    Elaine Bell
    Park Nicollet Institute Frauenshuh Cancer Center
  • Michelle Berg
    Michelle Berg
    Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Pediatric Integrative Medicine
  • Tricia Daly
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    Tricia Daly
    United Hospital Patient Care Float Pool
  • Beth Elchek LaVelle
    Beth Elchek LaVelle
    Westfields Hospital
  • Rebecca Englund
    Rebecca Englund
    Region’s Hospital Emergency Center
  • Mary Fritz-Barfnecht
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    Mary Fritz-Barfnecht
    Ridgeview Regional Radiation Oncology
  • Terry Graner
    Terry Graner
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital Administration
  • Mark Johnston
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    Mark Johnston
    Regions Hospital Burn Center
  • Greg Jones
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    Greg Jones
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
  • Diane MacLennan
    Diane MacLennan
    Minneapolis VA Health Care System
  • Dona Maki
    Dona Maki
    University of Minnesota Medical Center Gynecologic Cancer Clinic
  • Barbara McAnnany
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    Barbara McAnnany
    University of Minnesota Medical Center Sports Surgery
  • Jo McLaughlin
    Jo McLaughlin
    HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics
  • Heather Nelson
    Heather Nelson
    Regions Hospital Emergency Center
  • Michele O’Brien
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    Michele O’Brien
    Minnesota Oncology
  • Kari Sorenson
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    Kari Sorenson
    Ridgeview Medical Center Neonatal Care Unit
  • Debra Stealey
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    Debra Stealey
    Diamond Women’s Center

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine asked doctors, nurses, amd patients to recommend nurses who go beyond the call of duty in the areas of health care. Our judges reviewed 100 nominations,  recognized 54 finalists as the 2012 Outstanding Nurses, and honored 20 winners.