Madison’s Favorite Nurses Recognition Dinner
Today's nurses are not only on the front lines of patient care — they're also at the forefront in transforming health care to meet increasing complex, changing and urgent needs. This year, Madison Magazine and WISC-TV3 are highlighting nursing professionals who are making a difference through practice, leadership and innovation for the good of patients, colleagues, local hospitals and clinics and the future of health care.
News anchor Charlotte Deleste and Madison Magazine managing editor Katie Vaughn host this special event celebrating seven hardworking, dedicated nursing professionals who make the Madison area a healthy and supportive place to live.
Madison's Top Nurses Recognition Dinner
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sheraton Hotel • Madison, WI
5:30 Social Hour
6:30 Dinner & Awards Program
7:30 Announcement of People’s Choice Winner
$37 Per Person • $275 for Table of 8
1.) Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli
2.) Chicken Saltimbocca: Breast of chicken, mozzarella, sage, prosciutto and Madeira mushroom sauce
served with parmesan whipped potatoes
Dessert: Caramel apple pie
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Top Nurses 2014
These nurses represent outstanding clinical practice through the work they do within their health care organizations and in the communities they serve.
Kathleen Kindelin Pender, St. Mary's Hospital
As the community parish nurse at St. Mary's, Kathleen Pender serves the diverse residents of Madison's Triangle Community.
Don Hawes, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Don Hawes is the cardiopulmonary transplant coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, where he leads patients and their families through the multiple steps of lung transplantation.
These nurses demonstrate the vision, influence and knowledge needed to meet the demands of the future and the leadership to create systems and environments to support nursing excellence.
Carlos E. Gonzalez, Meriter-UnityPoint Health
Carlos E. Gonzalez serves as the outreach registered nurse for Meriter-UnityPoint Health's Helping Educate and Link the Homeless program, connecting the city's homeless to valuable and sometimes life-saving services and resources.
Julie Baisa and Kim Curran, Meriter Hospital
As co-coordinators of Meriter Hospital's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, Julia Baisa and Kim Curran ensure that a specially trained nurse is available 24/7 to provide immediate and sensitive examinations and care for sexual assault victims.
These nurses impact nursing practice through innovation, whether via research, new ideas or technology or improvements to care processes.
Cynthia Phelan, William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital
A nurse scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, Cynthia Phelan conducts and teaches others to use research to improve the care of patients. Her work also brings together professionals from across medical disciplines.
Leanne Hammerschmitt, American Family Children's Hospital
In her role as clinic manager of the George Fiat Pediatric Specialty Clinics at the American Family Children's Hospital, Leanne Hammerschmitt problem solves and helps create new programs and specialty clinic locations to better serve her young patients and their families.