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Nurses of the Year Recognized

May 11, 2011
Two Somerset Medical Center nurses, Sharon Fisahn, RNC, of Bridgewater, and Mary Ogiba, RNC, of Hillsborough, have received the medical center’s top nursing honor, the 2011 Jean Dougherty Award. 
The award is the nursing department’s highest honor for practice, quality of nursing care and advocacy for patients and nurse colleagues and is named in honor of a late nurse supervisor who worked at the medical center for more than 30 years. It was recently presented to Fisahn and Ogiba during National Nurses’ Week in recognition of their nursing leadership, focus on professional development, dedication to patient care, adherence to nursing values and significant impact on the medical center’s quality of care and performance improvement.

Fisahn is a senior registered nurse in Somerset Medical Center’s GI Center. She began working at the medical center in 2001 as a nurse extern. Ogiba is a senior nurse in Somerset Medical Center’s maternity unit, where she has worked for the past 22 years. Both serve on various nursing committees and helped champion the medical center’s application for Magnet nursing recognition, which it received in March.

“Sharon and Mary truly represent the best of the nursing profession and played instrumental roles in helping us attain Magnet status,” said Kathleen Cummins, MS, RN, APN -C, ACNS-BC, vice president of nursing operations. “Sharon is an excellent clinician and communicator who is extremely self-motivated, confident and dependable. Mary is well-loved by patients and their families and is admired by her colleagues for her clinical expertise, problem-solving skills and organization.” 

During a special ceremony as part of National Nurses’ Week, Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer, James Heston, chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Carroll, MD, chief medical officer, Betty Sanchez-Catanese, MD, president of the medical/dental staff, and Maureen Schneider, RN, MSN, MBA, Ph.D.(c), CNAA, B.C., CPHQ, FACHE, senior vice president of clinical program development and chief nursing officer, thanked the medical center’s nurses for their efforts to provide the highest quality care to patients and their families. Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher also presented a special proclamation for Nurses’ Week.

The following Nurse of the Year Awards were also presented:
· Practice Award – M. Arlene Azores, RNC, of Bridgewater, a registered nurse in Maternal/Child Health/Level II Nursery
· Performance Improvement Award – Sarah Kish, RN, BSN, of Edison, a registered nurse in Critical Care
· Professional Development Award – Denise Morio, RN-BC, of Bridgewater, assistant nurse manager on the 4-East patient care unit
· Patient/Family Education Award – Dawn Gallagher, RN, CDE, of Hillsborough, educator for the Diabetes Center
· Research Award – 4-East nursing staff
· Patient Satisfaction Award – Doris Crowell, RNC, of Warren, a registered nurse in the Nursery
· Patient Care Technician of the Year – Nadia DiTrocchio, of Hillsborough, a surgical aide in the Operating Room
· Friend of Nursing Award – Rafeek Khan of Raritan and James Swider of Flemington, who work in the medical center’s Maintenance Department

Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited, regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services and a broad range of community programs to Central New Jersey residents. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
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