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Published in CenterView on March 12, 2012
Nightingale winners include, from left, Jennifer Stephen, Dr. Kristi Henderson, Janet Harris, Dr. Pat Waltman and Dr. LaDonna Northington.
Nightingale winners include, from left, Jennifer Stephen, Dr. Kristi Henderson, Janet Harris, Dr. Pat Waltman and Dr. LaDonna Northington.

Nightingale honors showcase UMMC's best nurses

The University of Mississippi Medical Center dominated the 2012 Nightingale Awards Gala, coming away with nine wins out of 13 nominations, including the awards for hospital of the year and nursing school of the year.

The seventh annual awards ceremony, which took place March 5 at the Jackson Marriot, was sponsored by the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Foundation. Approximately 640 guests attended the event.

The Nightingale Awards recognize nurses statewide who demonstrate excellence in the profession as well as the health-care organizations that support them.

"I could not be more thrilled with the recognition of both the hospital and the School of Nursing," said Janet Harris, chief nursing executive officer and interim chief executive officer of University Hospitals and Health System. "We believe in both excellence in nursing education as well as excellence in clinical care, and we believe that we gain synergy when we work together.

"For these awards to come at the same time is a real testament to the collaborative work of nursing on this campus."

University of Mississippi Health Care recipients were Dr. Kristi Henderson, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; Kourtland Adams, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year; Jennifer Stephen, Nurse Manager of the Year; and Tierra McGlothin, Nurse Rookie of the Year.

On the academic side, School of Nursing faculty winners were Dr. Jan Cooper, Nurse Faculty of the Year; Dr. Pat Waltman, Nurse Mentor of the Year; and Dr. Karen Winters, Nurse Researcher of the Year. Further honors went to Dr. Virginia Lee Cora, professor emeritus of nursing, and Dr. Marcia Rachel, associate professor of academic programs, who each were inducted into the MNA's Hall of Fame.

Dr. Kim Hoover, dean of the School of Nursing, said she is proud of the recognition for both the school and UMHC.

"The School of Nursing and Hospital of the Year Awards are well-deserved recognition of the dedicated faculty, staff and leaders," she said. "Because we work so closely together, we celebrate these awards as one campus, recognizing the value of our partnership."