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More than 200 friends, family, and colleagues attended the 2014 Outstanding Nurses Awards, sponsored by University of Minnesota Health and held at the Golden Valley Country Club. Floral arrangements by La Petit Fleur.
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Finalist Marie Koldborg and a friend. Later, Marie would win the Outstanding Nurse Award for Emergency Medicine. She is a staff nurse at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
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Rita O'Reilly and Rozina Bhimani. Rita went on to win the Outstanding Nurse Award for Women's Health. She is the director of midwife services at Hennepin County Medical Center. Rozina went on to win the award for Nurse Educator. She is director of the doctorate of nursing practice program at St. Catherine University and a nurse practitioner, North Point Wellness Center Clinic in North Minneapolis.
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Finalist Elizabeth Chidothe, a nurse at Retrace Health and Southside Medical Clinic, and her husband, Edward Chidothe.
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Lindsay Boelter and Jennifer Martone of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
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Adam David Pardo, nurse finalist (in vest) with University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, and friends, including some from Smile Network International, where he volunteers his nursing services, and Rick Kupchella of Bring Me The News.
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Event staff from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, in scrubs from event sponsor, Midway Uniform. (The scrubs are made by Jockey and very comfortable!)
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The event was held at the Golden Valley Country Club.
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Desserts by the Golden Valley Country Club.
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Senior editor Stephanie Wilbur Ash served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
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Chief nursing executive for University of Minnesota Health Laura Reed gave heartfelt remarks to finalists and their loved ones and colleagues. University of Minnesota Health sponsored the evening.
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Mandy Seymour, director of nursing, pediatric emergency, University of Minnesota Health, Fairview is escorted to the podium to receive her award for Outstanding Nurse in Long-Term Care by a member of the Golden Valley Fire Department.
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Be Thi Ho, a surgical nurse with Children's Hospitals and Clinics, is escorted to the podium by a member of the Golden Valley Fire Department. Be received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Nurse finalist Evelyn Couture, of Midwest Infectious Disease Consultants, dazzles other finalists and award winners with her moves.
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The wonderful winners of the 2014 Outstanding Nurses Awards. You'll be seeing more of them in the September issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
Photos by Adam Bettcher