Congratulations, Nurse of the Year Finalists


From left are Lisa DeVore, Surgical and Neuro ICU; and Kathy Stephens Williams, Professional Practice and Staff Development.

Congratulations to Lisa DeVore, RN, Surgical and Neuro ICU, a member of the Rapid Response and Stroke teams; and Kathy Stephens Williams, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, RN-BC, Education Specialist in Professional Practice and Staff Development. Both are among this year's March of Dimes Nurse of the Year finalists.

Congratulations also to 65 of our Mercy co-workers in the region who have been selected as finalists.

Now in its sixth year, Nurse of the Year is a statewide event that recognizes exceptional nurses in Missouri and the Metro-East area, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of nursing while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes. Nurses selected exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service. During the selection process, hundreds of applications across 21 categories ranging from Advanced Practice to Surgical Services are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, finalists within each category are then determined.

This year's Nurse of the Year Awards Gala is planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut St. Winning nurses will be announced on the night of the event in all categories except for Legend in Nursing, which is announced earlier.

For more information, visit the March of Dimes' Nurse of the Year Awards page.


PERK Honorees Recognized at Celebration


In the first row, from left, are Jenny Griggs (Neuro Stepdown), Ashley Hrdlicka (Neuro Stepdown), Kayla Jones (Medical/Oncology), Carol Brown (PACU), Sarah Long (5 East), Beverly Stillwell (PACU), Lauren Schoolfield (PACU) and Kasey Wilhelm (PACU).

In second row, from left, are Katrina Cordova (Hyland Behavioral Health), Ainsley Breedlove (SICU), Lisa DeVore (Rapid Response), Rebecca Nelson (CMICU), Martha Brennan (Mother/Baby), Teresa Readenour (Mother/Baby), Corey Oberlander (Medical/Oncology), Cari Rende (Surgical Stepdown) and Beth Nett (5 East).

In back row, from left, are Jena Hollinshead (SICU), Mara Thomas (SICU), Michelle Raines (SWOT), Debbie Coleman (SWOT), Emily Grimm (Labor & Delivery), Stephanie Manning (Urgent Care), Nikki Carter (Medical/Oncology), Mary Moll (Surgical Stepdown), Carol Deboard (SWOT), Alalia Kraft (SWOT) and Beth Patrick (Float Pool).

Not pictured are Danielle Amoroso (Medical/Oncology), Stephanie Crouch (Hospitalist Group), Sarah Grotha (CMICU), Kelly Koppeis (Hyland Behavioral Health), Anna Osterhage (SICU), Clarissa Richno (Hyland Behavioral Health), Kimberley Schlichting (Labor & Delivery) and Laura Szydlowski (SICU).

Managers, senior leaders, family members and members of Professional Practice and Staff Development joined the latest group of PERK Nurse Award recipients at a celebration Oct. 5 in the Great Room of Hyland Education & Training Center.

This is the third year for the PERK program at St. Anthony’s. PERK stands for Patient Care, Professional and high quality; Engagement, recruitment and retention of staff; Recognition and Reward for performance and Knowledge and competence.

Thirteen nurses completed the program in the first year, 21 in the second year and 36 this year.

Honorees were recognized for their work in quality, process and operational improvement, professional development, peer education, organizational development and/or community outreach during 2017. Each awardee met criteria and produced a portfolio of accomplishments reviewed by leaders and peers.