Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN (center, back), with members of Cooper’s  Patient Care Services leadership team. Photo credit: Jonathan Kolbe.

EMS Flight Nurse Named 2020 Cooper Nurse of the Year

Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN

Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN. Photo credit: Jonathan Kolbe.

Cooper University Health Care has named Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, as the 2020 Nurse of the Year. Teitelman, a flight nurse coordinator with Cooper’s Air Medical Services, also received the Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship Award as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12).

The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize exceptional professional nurses and advanced practice nurses, at any Cooper University Health Care location, as well as members of the collaborative care teams that support nursing.  Award winners were nominated by their colleagues for their commitment to upholding the Cooper mission “to serve, to heal, to educate” and are supported by gifts from generous donors to The Cooper Foundation.

“Steve is the model nurse, as he remains dedicated to helping his colleagues provide the best possible care and embracing challenges along the way,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooper. “Cooper’s Air Medical Services is a crucial program providing transportation services to critically ill and injured patients. Steve is a valued member of that team and a true leader.”

“This year’s awards, recognizing the excellence of our nurses, takes on added significance as our nurses are front and center in the fight against COVID-19,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO at Cooper. “I congratulate our award winners and want to thank all of our nurses for their bravery, skill, and compassion every single day.”

“Over the past few months, we have seen the courage and caring of Cooper nurses, and nurses across the nation,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, Co-President at Cooper. “Nurses are true heroes, deserving our gratitude and support. I want to congratulate this year’s winners for their excellence in serving our patients and for inspiring their colleagues through their dedication and leadership.”


The 2020 Cooper Nursing Excellence Awards winners are:

Judy Acevedo, CCT
Critical Care Technician

Recipient of The Carol G. Tracey Compassion Award

Agnes Asamoah, RN, BSN, OCN
Registered Nurse, Pavilion 5

Recipient of The Rose Smith & Sue Zamitis Memorial Award for Excellence in Inpatient Oncology Nursing

Karen Babik, BSN, CCRN
Registered Nurse, Trauma Unit

Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trauma Nursing

Toya Bennett, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Pavilion 6

Recipient of The Ruth Parry/Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing

Gina Brouster, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Recipient of The Ronald Bernardin Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nursing

Nicole Caristo, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit

Recipient of The William and Eileen Archer Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Shelby Casey, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Kelemen 9

Recipient of The Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing

Maryanne Figueroa, RN, BSN, CNOR
Registered Nurse, Voorhees Surgical Center

Recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing

Diane Fletcher, MSN, RN, CBC, CCBE
Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery

Recipient of The Charlotte Tobiason Memorial Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Nursing

Liezel Granada, DNP, RN-BC
Senior Medical Informatics Analyst, Medical Informatics

Recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

Kelemen N/S 9 Team
Medical Surgical Unit

Recipients of The Outstanding Team Award

Elizabeth Locke, RN, BSN, CEN
Registered Nurse, Cardiac Care Unit

Recipient of The Cooper Heart Institute & Heart House Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing

Lawrence Matthews, MD
Physician, Critical Care Unit

Recipient of The Nursing Alumni Excellence Award for Nursing-Physician Partnership

Anna McCausland, RN, BSN, RN-C
Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Recipient of The John Henry Kronenberger Memorial Award for Excellence in Neonatal Nursing

Hillary Oldt, LSW
Transitions Navigator, Transitional Care

Recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Service (Non-Nursing)

Jamie Rubino, DPT
Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy

Recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Allied Health Professional Excellence Award (Non-Nursing)

James Scharff, RN
Registered Nurse, Emergency Department

Recipient of The Lynn Nelson Award for Excellence in Emergency Nursing

Lisa Schrieber, RN, BSN, CAPA
Registered Nurse/Clinical Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Nurse Leadership

Amanda Snyder, LPN
Practice LPN, The Ripa Center for Women’s Health

Recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Nursing

Rosemarie Stag, MSN, RN, APN-C, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Nurse, Primary Care

Recipient of The Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Advanced Practice Nursing

Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, CFRN,
CCRN-CMC, CTRN, CEN, TCRN, MICP, NRP
Flight Nurse Coordinator, Air Medical Services

Recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship
 

Julie Whitman, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Recipient of The Franklin Morse Archer, Jr., & Mary Joy Reeve Archer Memorial Award for Excellence in Outpatient Oncology Nursing

Rebecca Yarnall, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Intermediate Care Unit

Recipient of The Shaina Horton Memorial Award for Excellence in Service

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Wendy A. Marano
Cooper University Health Care
856.904.1688
marano-wendy@cooperhealth.edu

Photography: 2020 Jonathan Kolbe

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