Attendees of the 2017 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards breakfast were puffing with pride—even before the event began. The ballroom at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bloomington was filled with award finalists and their supportive families and fellow nurses. Fairview, HealthEast and University of Minnesota Health were well-represented—with 18 finalists and dozens of colleagues celebrating their accomplishments.
Three nurses from our system were honored with awards. Amy Quarberg took home the award for Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing for her work at St. John’s Hospital and Woodbury Senior Living. Kimberly McFarlane was honored in the Neonatal category for her work at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Lindsay Drake, who works at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. John’s Hospital, received the Rising Star award.
Faye Deich, RN, Fairview south region vice president of patient care, was there to support to the nominees.
“I am humbled and so grateful for the quality of the nurses practicing in our system," says Faye. "This recognition inspires all of our staff to know they are among some of the top nurses in the state of Minnesota. Our patients have some of the best and brightest nurses there are providing their care. What a wonderful celebration of nursing and the passion nurses show their patients every day!”
Fairview, HealthEast and University of Minnesota Health were the signature sponsors of the 2017 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. Fairview's chief nursing executive Laura Reed, RN, DNP, had the honor of opening the ceremony and presenting the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award.
She says, “It was a pleasure to be able to participate in this celebration of the exceptional work of nurses everywhere. With so many finalists and three winners in our system, we are demonstrating our commitment to caring for patients, innovating our work and leading with excellence. I could not be more proud of our nurses.”