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Paoli Hospital July 20, 2016 News Releases

Three Paoli Hospital nurses have been named as 2016 GEM Mid-Atlantic states finalists by The 30 finalists are selected by nursing leaders from among the nominations received this year.

The Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, finalists are:

  • Excellence in Clinical Nursing category – Dawn Morris, BSN, RN, PCCN, RN-BC, Staff Nurse
  • Excellence in Community Care category – Meghan Walker, MSN, RN, CBCN, Breast Nurse Navigator
  • Excellence in Education and Mentorship category – Cathleen Vandenbraak, MBA, BSN, MHA, CERN, CCRN, CFRN, Nursing Supervisor, Paoli Hospital, and Nurse Clinical Education Coordinator, JeffSTAT, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Each year, conducts a nationwide search for the best of the best in nursing, generating hundreds of nominations highlighting stories of excellence in leadership, management, education, volunteerism and clinical practice. Nurse leaders serve as judges in scoring the nominations. In the spring, GEM Award events are held in cities nationwide at which finalists are honored and regional winners are announced. In the summer, six nurses from among the regional winners are named national winners, and they are honored with congratulatory receptions at their workplaces in the fall.

Read the nominations of each finalist on the website.

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.


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