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Summa Western Reserve Hospital Honors RNs During Nurses Week

Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently hosted its annual Nurses Week Awards Celebration on May 8th as part of National Nurses Week.

Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently hosted its annual Nurses Week Awards Celebration on May 8th as part of National Nurses Week. Celebrated May 7 – 12 this year, the week consists of National Nurses Day on May 8th and nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.

On May 8th, the Summa Western Reserve Hospital nursing staff enjoyed chair massages and light refreshments throughout the day. Highlighting the day’s events was a special Nursing Awards Presentation and Luncheon to recognize all of the hospital’s Nursing Excellence nominees and Nursing Excellence winners.

 “The dedication of the nursing team toward patients, families and our hospital is outstanding,” said Suzanne Gill, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Summa Western Reserve Hospital. “I cannot do enough to thank everyone for their commitment to provide the highest quality of compassionate care to our patients and their families at every encounter.”

This year’s Summa Western Reserve Hospital nursing award winners include:

Cameos of Caring Award Winner
Judy Creque, RN, Radiology
From Lake Milton, OH

Excellence in Nursing  Award Winners
Missy Dillon, RN, Endoscopy
From North Canton, OH

Angel Kessler, RN, 3 West
From Akron, OH

RN Preceptor
Award Winners
Leila Branfield, RN, 2 West
From Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Marie Owens, RN, Cardiology
From Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Colleen Jewell, RN, 3 West
From Stow, OH

Support Staff Award Winners
Marc King, Medical Assistance, Cardiology
From Stow, OH

Sue Sitko, CTA, Infusion
From Cuyahoga Falls, OH

LaShanna Wright, CTA, 3 West
From Akron, OH

Rookie of the Year Award Winner
Mallory Conway, RN, 3 West
From Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Sigma Theta Tau International Award Winner
Cinderella Menhart, RN, ICU
From Macedonia, OH

This year’s celebration saw more than 60 total award nominees including:

Support Staff Nominees

Daniela Aminger, Hudson, OH

Sue Ayers, Stow, OH

Kim Balazowich, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Deb Ballou, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Jessica Fisher, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Heather Gerstenslager, Canal Fulton, OH

Gloria Gjurkovitsch, Peninsula, OH

Kelly Henderson, Stow, OH

Marc King, Stow, OH

Vic Lancianese, Munroe Falls, OH

Heather Miller, Uniontown, OH

Vicki Morgan, Streetsboro, OH

JoEllen Neininger, Kent, OH

Georgann Perry, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Tracy Pocock, Akron, OH

Trish Schlosser, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Pam Shuster, Akron, OH

Sue Sitko, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Jeannine Titus, Macedonia, OH

Leslie Truxal, Ravenna, OH

Robin Wagner, Stow, OH

LaShanna Wright, Akron, OH


Cameo of Caring Nominees

Leila Branfield, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing and RN Preceptor)

Judy Creque, Lake Milton, OH       

Mickey Dienes, Strongsville, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Wendy Ellis, Akron, OH

Jackie Gurnick, Ravenna, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Colleen Jewell, Stow, OH (Also nominated for RN Preceptor)

Rachel Jones, Kent, OH

Angel Kessler, Akron, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Jane Merideth, Tallmadge, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Marie Owens, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing and RN Preceptor)

Holly Patton, Stow, OH

Aimee Peterson, Akron, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing and RN Preceptor)

Kathy Sloan, Tallmadge, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Emily Yaceczko, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)


RN Preceptor Nominees

Deb Armprester, Streetsboro, OH

Erika McDonald, North Canton, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)

Chris Nine, Akron, OH

Deb Pierce, Akron, OH

Ashley Stuchul, Canton, OH (Also nominated for Excellence in Nursing)


Rookie of the Year Nominees

Allyson Burley, Stow, OH

Mallory Conway, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Shawn Coss, Akron, OH 

Justine Llewellyn, Stow, OH

Patty McCormick, Akron, OH

Holly Meyer, Stow, OH

Valerie Rodie, Akron, OH

Courtney Ruthrauff, Stow, OH

Jackie Schulz, Stow, OH

Nursing Excellence Award Nominees

Cathy Bissonnette, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Lori Bushong, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Brendon Crabtree, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Karen Criblez, Garrettsville, OH

Missy Dillon, North Canton, OH

Joanne Fogarty, Silver Lake, OH

Mary Hensler, Hartville, OH

Dana Johnson, Akron, OH

Amy Kidd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Bryan Kline, Akron, OH

Kathie Kosarko, Medina, OH

Jodie Lynch, Silver Lake, OH

Mark Pallante, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Michelle Smart, Akron, OH

Stephanie Weiss, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Ali Young, Brimfield, OH

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