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Recognizing Nursing Excellence

Jen-Baicu-and-Jim-Nursing-SpectrumLast month, at the 14th annual celebration, Penn Medicine recognized the winners of its Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards. “The winners are illustrative of the contributions made by nurses,” said Mary Naylor, director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at Penn’s School of Nursing. “You work as a team. You confront complex challenges, using quality measures to address challenges. You are
part of the solution to drive changes in health care.”

In addition to recognizing the winners in each of four categories from all the entities, the celebration included announcing the winner of the inaugural UPHS Victoria Rich Transformational Leadership Award. This year’s winner is Elizabeth Quigley, MSN, BSN, RN, nurse manager of Labor and Delivery at Pennsylvania Hospital.


  • Lillian Brunner Clinical Judgment and Decision Making Award – Dolores Risica, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse IV
  • Dorothy Botdorf Award for Clinical Leadership – Vernice Perry, BSN, RN, CNOR, Clinical Nurse IV
  • Helen McClelland Award for Clinical Scholarship – Courtney Foody, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse III
  • Rosalyn J. Watts Nurse-Patient/Family Relationship Award – Gina Terranova, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, Clinical Nurse III

PPMCAlso in May, announced the winners of its new Rising Star award. The honor, given for the fi rst time this year, is presented to an RN who has been working in a professional nursing setting for fi ve years or less and who has demonstrated strong nursing knowledge and clinical leadership skills, and exceeded role expectations in patient care and professional endeavors.

Congratulations to this year’s Philadelphia Tri-State region winner, PPMC’s Jennifer Baciu, RN, BSN, CCRN. In addition to the many hats she wears at PPMC, Baciu chairs the hospital professional development committee and organizes health screenings for the West Philadelphia community. Baciu is
driven to be challenged clinically, has requested to take care of sicker patients, and views each challenging patient as an opportunity to learn. She achieved CCRN certification last year and is currently enrolled in a graduate MSN degree program.

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