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Seven nominated for March of Dimes Excellence in Nursing Award

Grand Island, Neb. —Seven nurses from Saint Francis Medical Center were nominated for March of Dimes Excellence in Nursing Award. They included Amy Djernes , Pam Glaser , Mary Micek (retired from Saint Francis), Alice Quick, Linda Ulmer, Maxine Vieth and Sue Whitman. Quick and Vieth were among 25 recipients of an award given for clinical excellence.

Saint Francis vice president of Patient Care Servicers/CNO Francine Sparby congratulated these seven nurses on their accomplishment.

“The nursing profession draws dedicated and caring people with a variety of skills, interests and backgrounds together, working in a number of different settings, from emergency rooms and pediatric units to doctors’ offices, schools and homeless shelters,” Sparby said. “Nursing requires a special calling.  It’s the kind of profession that requires dedication, sacrifice and a concern for humanity unlike any other. Many times, it may seem that your actions, your special attentiveness, and selflessness go unnoticed, so it is a pleasure when a nurse is recognized for outstanding service and compassion. It is an honor and a privilege for us to say you are part of the Nursing team at Saint Francis Medical Center.”

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.