In photo (from left) are G.E.M. finalists Eileen Phillips,
Laurie Watson, Deb Mantegna, Elizabeth Ann Sunderland,
Meghann Horst and Mary deSimone.
Mary deSimone, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, Bryn
Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, was named the winner in the
Patient and Staff Management category at the recent G.E.M. (Giving
Excellence Meaning) Awards celebration sponsored by Nurse.com.
“Hearing the finalist nominations read aloud was humbling as I realized
the extent to which nursing has affected positive change in their
institutions and to our profession,” deSimone said. “I am proud to
represent Bryn Mawr Hospital and Main Line Health. They have afforded me
many opportunities to grow. I am also very aware this honor is
reflective of an entire team of individuals.”
The nomination entry included this comment: “Mary has contributed
immeasurably to improving patient outcomes and the nursing work
environment at Bryn Mawr Hospital through her leadership and advocacy.
She works tirelessly to ensure patients and their families receive
optimal care and has been a source of strength for her staff through
challenging and difficult patient experiences.”
A total of six MLH nurses were finalists for the G.E.M. Award this year:
Volunteerism and Service – Laurie Watson, director of Patient
Experience, Lankenau Medical Center, and Meghann Horst, oncology
staff nurse, Paoli Cancer Center
Home Community and Ambulatory Care – Elizabeth Ann Sunderland,
medical oncology nurse navigator, Paoli Cancer Center, and Deb
Mantegna, community health manager, Riddle Hospital
Advancing and Leading the Profession – Eileen Phillips,
director, Acute Care Services, Riddle Hospital
The G.E.M. awards draw hundreds of applicants from Southeastern
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who are nominated by Nurse.com
Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 287-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to lifelong health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named as one of the top six hospitals in the Philadelphia region and top 12 in the state of Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017–18, and is ranked as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bryn Mawr Hospital as high performing in the following procedures/conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015–18 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The National Institutes of Health Commission on Cancer has accredited our Cancer Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Bariatric Program has earned the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, maternity care, bariatric surgery, neurovascular and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technologies. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified, fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.