Cooper Nurse of the Year/Team of the Year Named
Cooper University Health Care has named Elizabeth “Lisa” Moriarty, MSN, RN, of Washington Township, NJ, the 2021 Nurse of the Year. Moriarty, a medical surgical nurse on Cooper’s Pavilion 7 unit, also received the Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing 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.
“Lisa has been a valued member of Cooper’s nursing staff for 17 years,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooper. “In addition to providing excellent patient care, she is active in influencing the practice of nursing at Cooper by past participation on the Nursing Practice Committee and current membership on the Nursing Excellence Committee among other clinical projects. She is also very active in the community and is part of the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation’s “Mother’s Matter” initiative. We are proud to name Lisa as our Nurse of the Year.”
The Viner Intensive Care Nursing Team was the recipient of the Outstanding Team and Team of the Year Award. “The teamwork and dedication of every health care professional on this unit over the past year was awe-inspiring,” said Dr. Devine. “They have provided outstanding care to hundreds of critically ill patients throughout the pandemic, and we are grateful to each member of the team.”
“This year’s awards takes on added significance as our nurses have been front and center in the fight against COVID-19 for more than a year,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO at Cooper. “I congratulate our award winners and especially want to thank all of our nurses during Nurses’ Week for their bravery, skill, and compassion every single day.”
“Nurses play a critical role in health care, and over the past year, we have seen the courage and caring of Cooper nurses and nurses across the nation like never before,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO at Cooper. “I commend this year’s winners for their excellence in serving our patients and for inspiring their colleagues and the community through their dedication and leadership.”
The 2021 Cooper Nursing Excellence Awards winners are:
Lydia Acevedo, BSN, RN, Emergency Department, is the recipient of The Lynn Nelson Award for Excellence in Emergency Nursing.
Catherine Albanese, BSN, RN, Palliative Care, is the recipient of The Franklin Morse Archer Jr. & Mary Joy Reeve Archer Memorial Award for Excellence in Outpatient Oncology Nursing.
Tracie Alvarez, BSN, RN, Critical Care Unit, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship,
Kimberly Bell, LPN, Practice LPN, Gloucester City, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Nursing.
Geraldine Brown, Environmental Services, is the recipient of The Carol G. Tracey Compassion Award.
Dhurata Collaku, MBA, RRT, Respiratory Therapy, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper Hospital Allied Health Professional Excellence Award (Non-Nursing).
Alyssa Cooper, BSN, RN-C, NICU, is the recipient of The John Henry Kronenberger Memorial Award for Excellence in Neonatal Nursing
Clinical Educators Team, Professional Development, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Research.
Daniel Dangle, RN, CCRN, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The Award for Excellence in Trauma Nursing.
Monika Dobrowolski, MSN, APN-C, RNFA, Colorectal Surgical Services, is the recipient of The Rose Smith & Sue Zamitis Memorial Award for Excellence in Inpatient Oncology Nursing.
Jennifer Ford, RN, Pediatrics, is the recipient of The Dr. Ronald Bernardin Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nursing.
Catherine Hassinger, BSN, RN, CGRN, Digestive Health Mount Laurel, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing.
Daniel Hyman, DO, Primary Care physician, is the recipient of The Nursing Alumni Excellence Award for Nursing-Physician Partnership.
Melissa Iannacone, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, Advanced Practice Nurse, Center for Urgent and Emergent Services, is the recipient of The Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Advanced Practice Nursing.
Intensive Care Nursing Team are the recipients of The Outstanding Team Award.
Kunjunjamma Joseph, BA, RN, Pavilion 7, is the recipient of The Ruth Parry/Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing.
Kimberly Kadelski, call center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Service (Non-Nursing).
Kelly Klinger, BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery, is the recipient of The Charlotte Tobiason Memorial Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Nursing.
Theresa Maerten, BSN, RN, Medical Informatics, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Nurse Leadership.
Janine McNamara, BSN, RN, CGRN, Digestive Health, is the recipient of The Shaina Horton Memorial Award for Excellence in Service.
Elizabeth Moriarty, MSN, RN, Pavilion 7 Medical Surgical, is the recipient of The Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing.
Kay Pine, RN, Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira, is the recipient of The Cooper Heart Institute & The Heart House Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing.
Meggan, Zarrella, BSN, RN, Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The William and Eileen Archer Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.
Contact: Wendy A. Marano
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