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2016 Nightingale Award Finalists

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania proudly announces its Award Finalists for 2016. 

Finalists and winners were honored at the 27th Annual Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center in Camp Hill, PA. The following exemplars were selected for recognition in one of nine categories, from more than 100 nominations. The Patient Choice Award winner is chosen from nominations submitted by patients and/or patients' family members. 

See below for our listing of the Award Finalists and Winners for 2016. You can also download the announcement of our 2016 award finalists as well as the announcement of our 2016 award winners.

Advanced Practice RN

Brenda Artz, WellSpan Health-York Hospital - Resides in Manchester, MD
• Mary Jo Cerepani, Med Express, Urgent Care - Resides in Kennedy Township, PA
WINNER: Deborah Schafer, Pinnacle Health - Resides in Hummelstown, PA

Clinical Practice LPN

Kathy Fustine, Penn Highlands DuBois - Resides in DuBois, PA
WINNER: Ronald Gillam, Geisinger Medical Center - Resides in Coal Township, PA
• Lisa Kobal, HCR Manor Care-Hampton House - Resides in Warrior Run, PA

Clinical Practice RN

WINNER: Patricia Decina, Maine Line Health-Bryn Mawr Hospital - Resides in Bryn Mawr, PA
• Tonya Kemp, Lehigh Valley Health Network - Resides in Lehighton, PA
• Anne Kurutz, Pinnacle Health - Resides in Harrisburg, PA

Community Nursing

WINNER: Emily Huggins, WellSpan Health-York Hospital - Resides in Elizabethtown, PA
• Mary Frances Reidell, Carlow University - Resides in Pittsburgh, PA
• Meghan Walker, Main Line Health-Paoli Hospital - Resides in Fort Washington, PA

Nursing Administration – Executive/CNO

Anna Teresa Bickert, Geisinger Health System - Resides in Bloomsburg, PA
• Michelle Conley, Aria Health - Resides in Philadelphia, PA
WINNER: Dawndra Jones, UPMC McKeesport - Resides in Pittsburgh, PA

Nursing Administration – Leader/Manager

WINNER: Judy Latham, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital - Resides in West Chester, PA
• Anne Rabert, Lehigh Valley Health Network - Resides in Allentown, PA
• Cynthia Wagner, Main Line Health - Resides in Exton, PA

Nursing Education – Academia

Kay Bozart, WellSpan Health - Resides in York, PA
WINNER: Betty Braxter, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing - Resides in Pittsburgh, PA

Nursing Education – Staff Development

Linda Brennan Borenstein, Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice - Resides in Hatfield, PA
WINNER: Nellann Nipper, UPMC Hamot - Resides in Erie, PA
• Cathleen Vandenbraak, Main Line Health-Paoli Hospital - Resides in Wilmington, DE

Nursing Research

WINNER: Marilyn Hravnak, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing - Resides in Houston, PA
• Lauren Schoppet, Main Line Health-Lankenau Medical Center - Resides in Havertown, PA

Patient Choice

WINNER: Doreen Henry, ICU Doylestown Hospital - Resides in Doylestown, PA


The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued. Nightingale’s volunteer board and committees utilize gifts, donations, and annual gala proceeds to recognize excellence in a wide variety of nursing career paths and financially contributes to the continuing nursing education at all levels in the Commonwealth.