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Nurse of the Year - Oregon

DATE: Friday, October 9, 2020 8:30am PST

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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

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Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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OCTOBER 9, 2020      8:30am PST

The virtual awards event was held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 8:30am PST. 
In case you missed it: please find the recording of the event here:

2020 NOTY - Portland Oregon

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 Nurse of the Year Winners! 
Adult Acute Care

Christoph Franklin, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Advanced Practice
Carly Byrne, Legacy Health
Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care
Laura Herrera, Providence Medical Group: Bridgeport
Case Management, Occupational Health and Utilization Review
Susan Robbins, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Charge Nurse
Kara Graham, Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center
Community & Public Health
Katharine Cooley, Coos Health & Wellness
Critical Care (Adult)
Emily Day, Salem Health
Allison Pflaum, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Mental Health & Behavioral Health
Michael J. Polacek, Salem Health
Nurse Educator & Research
Megan Ludena, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
Nurse Manager
Katie Beam, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Pediatric Care
Kristen Chapin, Salem Health
Rising Star
Kevin Kurschner, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital
Surgical Services
Denise Ziak, Salem Health
Women's Health
Wendi Lahodny, Salem Health
Carly Byrne, Legacy Health

To watch the event, please click on the following link:

To view the program, please click on the following link:
2020 NOTY Program

For questions, please reach out to Annie Flanigan at [email protected]


Hundreds of applications across the defined categories ranging from Advanced Practice to Women's Health are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, finalists within each category are then determined.

The March of Dimes is proud to announce and honor the 2020 Nurse of the Year finalists.

Christoph Franklin, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Kathy Witham, PeaceHealth St John's Medical Center
Beth Norman, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Carly Byrne, Legacy Health
Mary Waldo, Providence Health and Services
Laura Herrera, Providence Medical Group: Bridgeport
Leslie Frederick, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Andrea Lora, The Portland Clinic
Rose George, Kaiser Westside Medical Center
Susan Robbins, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Erin Redling, Legacy Silverton Medical Center
Kara Graham, Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center
Shannon Woods Watkins, Providence Portland Medical Center
Katharine Cooley, Coos Health & Wellness
Aubrey Henrichs, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Emily Day, Salem Health
Teresa Chamberlain, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center
Allison Pflaum, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Cari Hulsey, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center
Jordan Tiller, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Michael J. Polacek, Salem Health
Aubrey Carroll, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Megan Ludena, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
Katie Beam, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Melissa Thingelstad, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Seunghyo Hong, Salem Health
Danell Weese, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Joslin Cach, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Kristen Chapin, Salem Health
Tara Edick, Salem Health
Kelsey Bennett, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Kevin Kurschner, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital
Angela Fish, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Denise Ziak, Salem Health
Angela Gill, Salem Health
Nora Deglow, Salem Health
Wendi Lahodny, Salem Health



Join us as we honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community while also raising valuable funds for March of Dimes. Nurses are nominated by colleagues, supervisors or the families they have served. At a virtual awards ceremony in October, we will celebrate the profession and recognize outstanding nurses in up to 16 diverse categories. For sponsorship information please contact Annie Flanigan at 971-270-2891.


Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. 
Donate today by clicking the pink button at the bottom of this page.


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present Nurse of the Year events. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights, honoring more nurses than ever before. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.

2020 NOTY Co-chairs

Ashlee O'Meara MSN-NL, BS-Ed, RN, NPD-BC
Manager, Nursing Professional Practice & Development
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
Kathryn Vandewalle JD, MBA, BSN, RN
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Westside Medical Center

Nominations/Selections Committee Members

Judy Geiger RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Lisa Ketchum MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director, Women & Children's Services
Salem Health
Melisa Smolik-Linnman MA, BSN
Therapy Account Manager for Oregon and Southwest Washington
Becky Mann MSN, RN, OCN
Senior Clinical Manager
Lora Horn BSN, MHA
Director of Women’s and Children
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Donald Wenzler DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Officer | Vice President, Patient Care Services
Mid Columbia Medical Center
Debbie Luttman, RN, MN, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer/Patient Care Administration
Shari Davis RN, MSN, MBA, CENP
Director, Women’s and Children’s Nursing Services
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Gretchen McCulloch MSN, RN
Senior Nursing Director, Women's and Neonatal Services
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Kacy Dudrey MA, BSN, RN, OCN
Public Health Nurse Consultant
Oregon Health Authority


Courtnay Caufield, DNP, RN, CENP, NR-BC, RN-BC, joined Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) as the Chief Nursing Officer at Sunnyside Medical Center in December 2019. In this role she is responsible for nursing practice, vision, and strategy across the nursing services to enhance and lead innovation with transitions of care for patients entrusting their care with the team at Sunnyside Medical Center.

Dr. Caufield’s clinical nursing background varies from neonatal care to geriatrics, neurology, joint programs, medical surgical, and travel nursing roles from critical access to Magnet facilities. Prior to KPNW, she served on the Executive Leadership team of the Nursing Director Women’s and Children’s Services Magnet program, nursing research, and the Children’s Health Institute at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, CA.

She has served on local and national boards and is faculty with the American Hospital Association and American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Key accomplishments include leading innovation using technology to improve caregiver practice and patient care, initiating family centered care councils, executing a successful stroke designation survey, strategic development of the Children’s Health Institute, and leading initiatives in leadership growth and development program strategies.

Dr. Caufield obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Western Governors University and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She is an Advisory Board fellow and possesses specialty certification in nursing leadership, nursing informatics, executive practice, and pediatrics.

Dr. Caufield is honored to be a nurse and transformational leader, committed to quality, safety, and clinician mindfulness, and a proud dyad partner to the medical staff with whom she works. 

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