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Six Top Nurses Honored with Nightingale Awards

June 22, 2009
Denver Post joanne davidson | Inside Line Six top nurses honored with Nightingale Awards By Joanne Davidson The Denver Post Posted: 06/12/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT From left, Kiska May, Jane Foster, Carla Weeks and Editha Pasion are among the Nightingale Award winners for 2009. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post )The envelope please. In Colorado's nursing community, no honor is greater than the Nightingale Award. It is given annually by the Colorado Nurses Foundation to six outstanding practitioners at a dinner patterned after Hollywood's Academy Awards. The six who are chosen don't know they have won until their names are called; they've been told only they are among the 15 finalists chosen from the hundreds of nominees whose names were submitted by bosses and colleagues from hospitals and clinics throughout the state. "It may be a cliche, but it's certainly true: Every nominee is a winner," says event coordinator Linda Schuyler. "They all have such amazing stories of kindness and compassion." The 2009 awards went to Jane Seen Gallery View more pictures from social events around town in the exclusive "Seen" gallery. Foster from the Quality Health Network in Grand Junction; Kiska May of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver; Mary McMahon of Memorial Health Systems in Colorado Springs; Sharon Pappas of Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver; Editha Pasion of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver; and Susan West from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Other finalists were Kathy Bunzli, Susan Fagerlund, Cindy McCauley, Jeanne Nicholson, Amiee Orf, Marylou Robinson, Dawn Sculco, Leona Tiffany and Carla Weeks.David Kearns chaired the dinner held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. 9News anchor Kim Christiansen was mistress of ceremonies and Kate McCord, chief nursing officer for Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs and a 1992 honoreee, was the speaker. The Nightingale Award was established in 1985. Proceeds from the dinner go to Colorado Nurses Foundation scholarships and educational programs.