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'Nursing Excellence Awards' awards announced

June 30, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Lee Memorial Health System has announced this year's recipients of the Nursing Excellence Awards.

For 15 years, the system has been recognizing its registered nurses and licensed practice nurses with this award. Some of the criteria for selecting these outstanding nurses included participation in activities that improved patient care, acting as a role model and fostering clinical advancement.

"Recipients of the Nursing Excellence Awards contribute to their profession by providing superior care and improving patient outcomes through professional skill and compassionate support," said Donna Giannuzzi, chief nursing officer in a prepared statement. "They truly give of themselves to improve the lives and well-being of others."

2014 recipients of the Nursing Excellence Awards:

Stephen Berge, RN, HealthPark Medical Center

Natasha A. Borntrager, BSN, CMSRN, Lee Memorial Hospital

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About Lee Memorial Health System

Open since 1916, Lee Memorial Health System is the fourth largest public health system in the United States and the largest community-owned health system in Southwest Florida. With more than 10,000 employees, the system is made up of four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers and primary care and specialty physician offices. An award-winning health care system, it provides regional programs, such as our Trauma Center and Golisano Children's Hospital, which serve our community members from Tampa to Miami. Visit for more information.

Ann Marie Bustamante, RN, BSN, Lee Physician Group

Barbara R. Diana, LPN, Lee Physician Group

Wendy Falzone, RN, Outpatient Surgery at the Sanctuary

Maureen Flaherty, RN, BSN, LMT, CLC, CA Home Health

Heather Haddock, RN, BSN, CPON, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Michelle Johnson, BSN, CEN, Gulf Coast Medical Center

Colette Kiesel, RN, BSN, CBC, HealthPark Medical Center

Debbie Lopez, RN, BSN, CPN, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Bethany L. Loppnow, RN, BSN, CNOR, CST, HealthPark Medical Center

Lisa Roberts, RN, ADN, Cape Coral Hospital

Renee K. Sheppard, RN, BSN, OCN, Lee Memorial Hospital

William St. Laurent, RN, BSN, BC, Cape Coral Hospital

Eleanor Sutton-Griffey, LPN, HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center

Tim Walsh, RN, BSN, The Rehabilitation Hospital

Amanda Whittaker, RN, BSN, CWON, Gulf Coast Medical Center



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