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Ansell announces HERO award winners

Friday June 27, 2014
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Ansell, a global provider of health and safety protection solutions, announced the winners of the 2014 Ansell HERO (Heal, Educate, Reach and Overcome) Nurse Service Award, established to recognize nurses who have made lasting impressions on their peers, patients, profession and community. The 2014 contest was launched at the 61st annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Congress held March 30-April 2 in Chicago.

Each winner will receive a HERO Nurse Service Award plaque, nursing reference book of their choice, and will have their story profiled at www.ansellhero.com. This year’s winners include:

Grace Gildea, RN, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, N.J.
Patricia Decker Boniello, RN, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J.
Betsy Ball, RN, Englewood (N.J.) Hospital
Marilyn Azuelo, RN, BSN, CNRN, Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center
Jodi Gauthier, RN, Hospice of Michigan, Grand Rapids
Linda Easter, RN, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock
Rita Sanders, RN, Noble Hospital, Westfield, Mass.
Jeanne LaFountain, RN, Ohio State University-Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus, and U.S. Air Force
Belva Dyer, RN, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Jennifer Butch, RN, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Penn.

This year, 32,172 votes were cast via the website — a 50,000% increase over last year, according to a news release. Nominations climbed from 20 to 81.

“On behalf of everyone at Ansell, we would like to congratulate all of the nominees, especially the very deserving top 10,” Anthony Lopez, president and general manager, Medical Solutions at Ansell, said in the release. “Our appreciation and admiration for what nurses do is endless, and we are thrilled that this year’s program has received such exceptional exposure, so that these nurses can be widely recognized for their tireless contributions.”


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