Photo by Jeff Stone
Outstanding Nurses Award winners at the gala presentation
During a party celebrating Twin Cities nurses last night, several of the cities’ top nurses were honored with the distinction of being an “Outstanding Nurse.”
This year marks the fourth year for this event and awards program, sponsored by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and it was a super-sized one compared to years past. Seventy finalists were named (a 25 percent increase over last year), and 20 Outstanding Nurse Awards were given to nurses this year (a 30 percent increase over last year).
As with other years, only one Lifetime Achievement Award was given—to Mary Jo Peck, a nurse manager and program manager at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Knapp Rehabilitation Unit. She’s been a nurse at HCMC for 46 years.
The Outstanding Nurses Awards is an awards program that asks the public and the medical community to nominate nurses of excellence in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Nominations are vetted and judged by a team of nurses working in the profession. This year’s judges were Rozina Bhimani, a family nurse practitioner at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, and a former professor at St. Catherine University, now faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Rozina is last year’s Outstanding Nurse Educator. Mandy Seymour, director of nursing, pediatric and critical care and dialysis, University of Minnesota Health. Mandy is last year’s Outstanding Nurse in a Hospital Setting. And Laurel Edinburgh, pediatric nurse practitioner at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, she also started the Runaway Intervention Program and is 2013’s Outstanding Nurse in Children’s Health.
All finalists and winners, as well as their friends, family, and colleagues, are invited to an event that celebrates and honors them, hosted by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and sponsored by organizations within the Twin Cities medical community. Winners are announced at the event.
Contributing sponsors in 2015 included Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and PrairieCare. The University of Minnesota Health served as a supporting sponsor. Capella University served as a presenting sponsor. The event was held at MUSE Event Center in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.
All winners are listed below. Look to November’s issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for more information on—and a celebration of—these Twin Cities Outstanding Nurses.
Winners of the 2015 Outstanding Nurses Awards
The Rising Star Award, given to a nurse with less than five years since board certification, went to Samuel Johnson, Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Award for Outstanding School Nurse went to Melinda Fine, City of Minneapolis.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner went to Julie Katseres, Minneapolis VAHCS.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Women’s Health went to Linda Christinsen-Rengel, HealthPartners/Regions Hospital.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Children’s Health went to Melissa Christensen, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in a Clinic Setting went to Lindsey Pogemiller, Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in a Hospital Setting went to Katrina Hannah, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Cancer Care went to Connie Brenna, Allina Health and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Intensive Care went to Marilyn Bye, Abbott Northwestern.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Long-Term Care went to Rita Johanson, Cerenity Senior Care, Marian.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Emergency Settings went to Ryan Aga, Regions Hospital.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Administrative Leadership went to Becky Hines, Summit Orthopedics.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse Educator went to Lisa Fitzgerald, Hennepin County Medical Center.
The Award for Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse went to Tseganesh Orcutt, University of Minnesota Physicians, Neurology Clinic.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse Researcher went to Renee Sieving, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Mental Health went to Mary Kay Borgstrom, Fairview Riverside Clinic.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Military Service, given to a nurse who cares for veterans or is active or former military, went to Polly Rabe, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
The Award for Outstanding Nurse in Public Health and/or Activism, given to a nurse who advocates publicly for public health issues or for issues important to nurses, went to Erin Patricia Murphy, DFL Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a nurse with 25 years or more since original board certification, went to Mary Jo Peck, Hennepin County Medical Center.
Thanks to our tremendous Twin Cities nursing and medical community for the outstanding excellence. See the rest of the party photos here!