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WellSpan nurses announced as finalists for prestigious ‘Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania’


Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Pictured are, from left: Vicki Fern, Heather Rivera and Kimberly Bahata, who have been named finalists for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania for 2018.

Three nurses from WellSpan Health have been selected as finalists for the prestigious “Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.”

Kimberly Bahata, regional director of case management operations, WellSpan Health; Vicki Fern, care coordinator, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon; and Heather Rivera, clinical nurse, WellSpan York Hospital, are among the 27 statewide finalists in 10 award categories.

Bahata is a finalist in the “Nursing Administration – Leader/Manager” category, Fern in the “Community Nursing” category and Rivera in the “Clinical Practice RN” category.

The finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations received from across the state.

“We’re so proud of this year’s finalists who represent various areas of patient care and leadership at WellSpan,” said Kris O’Shea, vice president and chief nursing executive, WellSpan Health, and a Nightingale Award winner in 2013. “Their dedication to our patients cannot be overstated. They carry on the proud tradition at WellSpan of nurses who are recognized by the Nightingale Awards.”

Last year, Abigail Strouse, D.N.P., director of clinical services, WellSpan York Hospital, was the winner in the “Nursing Administration – Executive” category. In 2016, Emily Huggins, manager of WellSpan York Hospital’s forensic nurse examiner program, was the winner in the “Community Nursing” category. And in 2014, Leah Birch, nurse manager of pediatrics, was the winner in the “Nursing Administration – Leader/Manager” category.

“Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania” finalists will be honored, and the winners announced, during the organization’s 29th Annual Gala Friday, Oct. 26, near Harrisburg.

The “Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania” is a statewide philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued.

For more information, visit www.nightingaleawards.org

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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